ERIC Number: ED421576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Voices from the Field: A Case Study of One Inner-City HIPPY Program.
Lovejoy, Meg; Westheimer, Miriam
As the case study of one particular Home Instruction Program for the Preschool Youngster (HIPPY) project, this study is designed to allow others to reflect on their own program experiences. HIPPY was developed in 1969 by the National Council of Jewish Women's Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). The first HIPPY programs in the United States began in 1984, and by the 1990-91 school year there were 41 HIPPY programs in 16 states. In the U.S., HIPPY is a 2-year program in children of 4 and 5 are instructed by a parent using program materials available in both Spanish and English. Parents receive weekly contact, either through home visits from paraprofessional trained by the program or in group meetings. The site of the study,"Brownswell," is a large community in an major city in the Northeast. In Brownswell, group meetings are held only once a month. Data came from site visits, the review of program documents, and interviews with 5 parents and 7 paraprofessionals, each working with 7 to 10 mothers. This was the third and last year of Brownswell's HIPPY program. Personnel changes in the sponsoring agency were detrimental to the funding efforts. Funding changed to a year-to-year basis, creating a sense of uncertainty. The program manager resigned, and was replaced, and the number of families served was reduced. HIPPY did sponsor a community literacy program, a voter registration drive, and the establishment of a HIPPY library featuring African American books. The experiences of this program show much about the operation of a home visitation preschool program in an urban area. Although there was no HIPPY program in Brownswell by the end of the study, there was interest in re-establishing the program. Appendixes describe the curriculum, present aide, parent, and group interviews, and contain a report of a quasi-experimental study of HIPPY. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Save the Children Federation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY.