Low Income Family Empowerment (LIFE) in partnership with The Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA), are proud to announce their Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program. HIPPY is an international evidence-based model promoting school readiness, early literacy and parent involvement. The achievement gap appears well before children enter kindergarten. Children who begin school having missed critical early learning opportunities are at risk for failure in school. HIPPY, an early learning program addresses these issues by supporting parents in their role as their child’s first and most influential teachers and their home being their first classroom. HIPPY believes that all parents want what is best for their children and that parents play a critical role in their children’s education. In the HIPPY model, peer home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high quality school readiness curriculum directly to parents who then work with their own three, four, and five year old children. The 30 week curriculums are developmentally appropriate for each age and the program follows the school year schedule which starts in September/October and ends in May/June. HIPPY provides all of the materials to include; storybooks, manipulative shapes, scissors, glue, pencils and crayons. Using HIPPY books and curriculum, parents spend one-on-one time each day reading books and interacting with their children teaching them school readiness skills. HIPPY’s primary goal is to increase vulnerable children’s success in school and, ultimately, in life.
Mr. Gerald Gallegos is LIFE’s HIPPY Program Coordinator. Mr. Gallegos has been working in the social services arena for over 21 years and in early childhood education home visitation for the last nine years. For the last four years he was the HIPPY Coordinator in Pueblo, CO and he made the decision to move to Denver and work for ACHA based on the dire need for early childhood education in Adams County. Currently the program has three trained community-based home visitors who go into the home and role play the activities with the parents. They also provide support for each family throughout their participation in the program. Mr. Gallegos is extremely enthusiastic about this program and stated “I have seen the positive impacts of HIPPY on the lives of both parents and children. I have heard from Kindergarten teachers who state that they can spot a child in their classroom who has been in the HIPPY program. The children enter school ready to learn and with the skills required for the first day of Kindergarten. I have seen parents become amazing advocates for their children. They have become active participates in their child’s education at home and at school.”
ACHA Deputy Director Peter LiFari when announcing the program highlighted HIPPY as a perfect example of the power of dual generation solutions focused on halting the cycle of generational poverty, “Programs like HIPPY are force multipliers for children and families – everyone wins here… The smiles on the faces of these parents’ beams with hope and pride, it’s infectious and we couldn’t be more excited to get to work.” For more information regarding HIPPY please visit www.hippyusa.org
About Adams County Housing Authority
The Adams County Housing Authority serves county residents for whom conventional housing is unaffordable. We assist individuals, families, seniors and persons with disabilities throughout all of Adams County, including the rural and unincorporated areas. It is the mission of ACHA to work in partnership with diverse communities, to promote economic self-sufficiency, to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities, and to enhance the livability of neighborhoods in Adams County. For more information about the Adams County Housing Authority please visit