Agency: Parent Possible

Areas Served: Adams, Pueblo, Crowley, Otero, Weld, and Denver (Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Westwood, Barnum, West Barnum). 

Program Description:

Through the CO HIPPYCorps program, 51 AmeriCorps Members serve as home visitors delivering the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum to families who need it most. The general target population is low income families with children ages 3, 4, and 5 and parents with a low education and/or parenting confidence level. Through weekly home visits, the 30-week curriculum-based program reaches families in urban, rural, and frontier communities where families may be restricted from participating in center-based preschool due to limited slots, ineligibility for the local program, geographic/transportation barriers, or perhaps the family simply desires to keep their child at home. The ultimate goal of HIPPYCorps is to ensure the children’s (and parents’!) school readiness.

Program Impact:

  • At pre- and post-test, home visitors observed parents using developmentally appropriate parenting behaviors when interacting with their children. At post-test, more than 62% of parents were exhibiting above average interactions with their children in all domains (affection, responsiveness, encouragement, and teaching)

  • From pre- to post-test, children demonstrated significant increases in school readiness. Children significantly increased their School Readiness Percentile Rank from pre- to posttest. On average, participating children were performing better than 68% of the same-aged peers at post-test.

  • At post-test, 27% of children were performing at the advanced or very advanced level in overall school readiness. Children also significantly increased their scores from pre- to post-test in every domain (colors, letters, numbers/counting, sizes, and shapes).

Program Contact: Jackie Cordova, HIPPY Program Director, jackie@parentpossible.org303.860.6000. EXT 108

Website: www.parentpossible.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParentPossible