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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

What is HIPPY?

HIPPY is a parent involvement and school readiness program. The HIPPY program offers free home-based early childhood education for three, four and five-year-old children working with their parent(s) as their first teacher. HIPPY provides the parent with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum and books designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.


Parent Involvement

  • HIPPY begins with the basic tenet that all parents want the very best for their children, but might need support and help in developing their children’s potential.

  • HIPPY gives parents the tools, skills and confidence they need to be the primary educators of their children.

  • HIPPY teaches parents how to engage their children in educational activities.

  • HIPPY delivers services through home visits by trained peers from the community.

  • HIPPY provides additional learning experiences through group meeting activities and special events.


School Readiness

  • HIPPY is primarily cognitive-based, focusing on language development, problem solving, logical thinking and perceptual skills.

  • HIPPY’s curriculum covers the skills necessary to acquire reading and other literacy skills.

  • HIPPY’s curriculum is developmentally appropriate and builds on the child’s interests and maturing skills.

  • HIPPY offers skill development through a variety of approaches.

  • HIPPY fosters social-emotional and physical development in children.


This FREE program will provide children with supplies:

  • Children's books

  • Weekly lesson packets

  • Crayons

  • Scissors

  • Craft supplies, including shapes and more



Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) owns and manages property and administers rent subsidy programs to provide eligible low-income persons quality, safe, affordable housing. CMHA’s Policy, Planning and Educational Initiatives department develops programs to enhance the quality of life of its residents. One of the programs offered is the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY).


Programming for HIPPY has been available for residents for more than 21 years. We are proud to be the first Housing Authority nationwide that offers HIPPY programming as a part of the educational services for residents.


This program is available to the residents of CMHA’s Carver Park, King Kennedy and Outhwaite Estates. There is also open enrollment year round. Please call (216) 361-2367 extension 119 for questions or to enroll.


Contact Information

Dannette Davis

Phone: (216) 361-2367 ext. 119

Fax: (216) 361-2370



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