Agency: Parent Possible

Areas Served: Adams County Housing Authority (HIPPYCorps LIFE), Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo ( HIPPYCorps Pueblo), North Range Behavioral Health (HIPPYCorps Family Connets, Greely), Focus Points Family Resource Center (HIPPYCorps Focus Points), Jeffco School District (HIPPYCorps JeffCo), Denver Inner City Parish (HIPPYCorps DAD-UP)

Program Description:

Parents are their child's first teachers, and the home is a child's most influential early learning environment. Since 1994, the Colorado HIPPYCorps program has provided home-based, parent involved, early learning opportunities to thousands of vulnerable children and their families throughout Colorado, equipping them with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to prepare their preschool-aged children for success in school and life. Colorado HIPPYCorps members meet with families one-on-one, in the home, on a weekly basis, scheduling visits at times convenient for each family. Visits generally last one hour and include an entrance process (reconnecting with the family, providing children with an activity while the AmeriCorps member works with the parent, reviewing progress on the previous week's curriculum, and gathering data on child and parent progress), a role play (including member modeling of parent-child interaction activities with the parent), and an exit process (including follow-up instruction, confirmation of upcoming activities, and other parenting resources). HIPPYCorps has 51 members serving, they must be 18 and older. 

Program Impact:

  • More than 800 families with children ages 3, 4, and 5 enrolled in the evidence-based HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program.
  • HIPPYCorps members offered 10,4331 home visits, resulting in over 25,000 hours spent between parents and their children on school readiness activities.
  • The professional development and education members gain in combination with the dedication to the HIPPYCorps program and the families it serves oftentimes results in job opportunities after they complete their service. For example, one member at one service site was promoted to full-time positions in the organization.

Program Contact: Jackie Cordova, jackie@parentpossible.org

Website: www.parentpossible.org

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