HIPPY - SC First Steps


Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home visiting program that supports parents in their role as a child's first and most important teacher.

Evidence Based

HIPPY is now enrolling. Apply to participate here.

This map only shows programs funded by South Carolina First Steps. For more information about services available in your area, contact your local First Steps partnership.

Who it Serves

The program is designed for families with 4-year-old children. It can be particularly beneficial for low-income families, parents and caregivers with limited education, families with history of child abuse, neglect and/or involvement with the child welfare system, and families experiencing language barriers.

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

How It Works

Every week for 30 weeks, a trained parent educator meets with families of young children in their home. Visits are guided by a curriculum designed to equip parents with the skills and tools necessary to succeed in their role as a child’s first and most important teacher.

Home Visiting

In-home coaching with trained parent educators

Target Outcomes

HIPPY is supported by over thirty years of research that shows the program to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior, and academic achievement.

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