News & Announcements

Text Messaging as a method of delivering the HIPPY Curriculum: Summary Findings From a Three-Week Pilot Study in Lagos, Nigeria

The TEMBO project was conducted as a pilot study in Lagos, Nigeria to test the feasibility of using text messaging as the primary method of implementing 15 activities from the Age 3 (Year 1) paper HIPPY curriculum. This summary report provides findings based on the 3-week implementation period from June 5-26, 2015. Sections include Introduction, Methodology and Data Analysis. Research questions are answered in the Findings and Lessons Learned section, and research tools and forms are located in the appendices at the end of the report.

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HIPPY Curriculum Selected To Help Student Entrepreneurs Improve Early Childhood Education For Poor Children In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Florida Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center, housed within the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) at the University of South Florida (USF), has developed a unique collaboration with Team Tembo, a student team that is part of the entrepreneurial center at the University of Tampa.

CFS’s HIPPY team, headed by Florida HIPPY State Director Dr. Mary Lindsey, has played a mentoring and consulting role to Team Tembo, who recently won 1st place at the San Francisco regionals as part of the the Hult Prize, one of the world’s largest student competitions.

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HIPPY USA LEAP Program Pilot Reports

The HIPPY USA LEAP program has articulated a mission that focuses on improving service delivery through helping home visitors reach their education and career goals. The program provides training, goal development materials, and supports through program Coordinators and the LEAP website. It is informed by a process evaluation and tracking of entries into a HIPPY USA database. The program is being developed by a HIPPY USA Training Manager in collaboration with a Professional Development Specialist and steering committee made up of program coordinators. The program is currently being piloted at five HIPPY sites around the country, and will soon expand to include additional sites with up to 100 home visitors. The first 3 Evaluation and Home Focus Group reports have now been made available.

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HIPPY Florida profiled by Tampa's WFLA

HIPPY, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngers, and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF have joined in partnership to offer their evidence based school readiness program to families with 3 and 4 year olds at no cost.

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HIPPY Intervention Profiled in New Brookings Report

According to a new research paper just released and available for download by the Center on Children and Families (CCF) at the Brookings Institution, well-evaluated targeted interventions could close over 70 percent of the gap between more-and less-advantaged youths, helping more children end up in the middle class by middle age. The authors modeled HIPPY as the parent education program, and then added a high quality preschool experience and 2 programs in middle childhood (Social Emotional Learning, and Success for All) and one in adolescence (Talent Development). They found that intervening at several life stages -- and with both children and parents -- was the most effective, with each intervention building on the next. The Brookings Institution is consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

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Webinar on Persistent Barriers for Latino Enrollment in ACA programs

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Latinos make up the largest percentage of uninsured persons in the nation and yet during the first open enrollment period in the Marketplace, Latinos enrolled in much fewer numbers than anticipated. Thoughts about the challenges and barriers facing Latinos for enrollment were shared during recent community discussions in Texas, Florida and California—three states where there are a large number of uninsured Latinos. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the persistent barriers facing Latinos in enrolling in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar is for community based organizations, government agencies, peer navigators, and private foundations; and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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HIPPY Research Brief #3 is Now Available

The National Research and Evaluation Center for HIPPY USA (NREC) will create a series of research briefs over the next few years to support the ongoing national research and evaluation efforts of HIPPY programs. Research Brief #3: Summary of HIPPY Research Conducted with Latino and Hispanic Families is now available!

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HIPPY Webinars

Come join us for a series of professional development webinars that provide information to early childhood caregivers and program staff about how to help parents address challenging behaviors of young children and identify discipline strategies that promote positive social development and emotional wellbeing.

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HIPPY Research Briefs

The National Research and Evaluation Center for HIPPY USA (NREC) will create a series of research briefs over the next few years to support the ongoing national research and evaluation efforts of HIPPY programs. Research Brief #2: Summary of HIPPY Parent Outcome Research is now available!

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The White House Blog

White House blog on topics relating to early education.

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Early Education for all Americans Fact Sheet

President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans Fact Sheet on the White House website.

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