Overview of Program Models

Early Head Start/Region 16
Early Head Start is for pregnant women and their families as well as families with children ages 3 and younger who meet certain income requirements or have children with special needs. Early Head Start provides weekly, 90-minute home visits for your family. Together, you will plan activities for you to do with your child during home visits and during the week between visits. Twice a month, you and your child will meet with other children and parents. You will have time to get to know one another and share interesting experiences you have all had. Your home visitor will be there, too.

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is for any family expecting a child or with children up to kindergarten age (age 5 or 6). Parents as Teachers teaches parents about child development and gives parenting support. The Parents as Teachers helps to ensure that young children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The program includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental testing, and a resource network for families.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, or HIPPY, is for families with children ages 3, 4, or 5. HIPPY helps prepare children for school and beyond and believes that all parents want what’s best for their children. Each week a home instructor will work with you on that week’s activities. Activities are focused on reading, counting, learning colors, and other ways to get your child ready for kindergarten. HIPPY helps parents be their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills, and confidence they need to work with their children in the home.