Colorado Parent and Child Foundation (HippyCorps)
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012
Parents are their child's first teachers, and the home is a child's most influential early learning environment. Utilizing the evidence-based Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) early childhood home visitation model, 35 half-time and 3 full-time Colorado HIPPYCorps members provide home-based, parent involved, early learning opportunities for 600 vulnerable children and their families, equipping them with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to help prepare their preschool-aged children for success in school and life. Members conduct weekly one-on-one home visits over a 30-week period with each HIPPY family, and provide monthly group meetings in each of the five HIPPY sites: Adams, Denver, Jefferson, and Pueblo counties, and the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Costilla, and Saguache counties). The program year will run from September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013. The CNCS Focus Areas of Education and Healthy Futures are addressed through this project, and will result in statistically significant gains in school readiness skills and a 95% rate of fully immunized children prior to kindergarten entry. The CNCS investment of $266,500 will be matched with $715,487 in cash funds from a broad-base of supporters.