Family Programs

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Family Programs



Washoe County has received funding for “Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters” (HIPPY) program.  HIPPY USA is based on 25 years of research  and the HIPPY model has proven to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior and academic achievement for children participating in the program.  This evidence-based home visiting program is designed to improve child outcomes by supporting the parents in their role as the child’s first and most important teacher.

The HIPPY USA Curriculum is designed for children ages two to five, with 30 weekly activity packets, nine storybooks and a set of 20 manipulative shapes for each year. In addition to these basic materials, supplies such as scissors and crayons are provided for each participating family. The HIPPY USA  program has trained coordinators and community-based home visitors who role-play activities with parents as well as support parents with community resources as needed.

What is the goal of HIPPY?

The HIPPY parents will become the facilitator in the learning process with their child. In addition, parents will gain confidence through their own participation in the HIPPY program and will eventually become comfortable expanding the activities and broadening the learning experiences for their child.

Who is eligible for HIPPY?

Parents of children, ages two to five, who want educational enrichment for their children.

For more information, please call Lisa Boneck at 775-291-3572.



Our Impact This Year

  • 1,277

    Parents helped with classes and training
  • 334

    Families helped with no-cost counseling services
  • 16,577

    Youth assisted through School and Street Outreach
  • 12,000

    Families helped through The Children's Cabinet Programs