Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America (HFA), a national program model, has been providing supportive home visiting services designed to strengthen families since 1992. Families participate voluntarily in the program receiving home visiting and referrals from trained staff, with the overarching aims of promoting positive parenting, improving child health and development, and preventing child abuse and neglect. By providing services to parents facing a number of challenges, HFA fits into the continuum of services provided to families of young children in many communities.

The HIPPY and HFA programs can be implemented by one agency in a particular community, or programs may work collaboratively on a local level to ensure comprehensive and continuous services from birth through age 5. At the national level, HIPPY USA and HFA work collaboratively around a memorandum of understanding that outlines various efforts aimed to promote each program respectively, learn from on another, and work toward unified promotion for the field of home visitation. Current collaborations include sharing and joint development of resources and systems around training and technical assistance, state networks, advocacy and outreach.

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Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. There are currently more than 3,000 PAT sites throughout the United States and in several other countries. The Parents as Teachers National Center is located in St. Louis.

The HIPPY and PAT programs have several goals in common, including supporting families with young children, helping parents become their children's first teacher, and supporting children's early learning. The two programs are sometimes implemented jointly at the local level to provide a continuum of home visitation services for families with young children. At the national level, HIPPY USA and PAT National Center are sharing experiences of best practices, exchanging materials around program implementation, and exploring possibilities for joint efforts in training, advocacy and building state networks.

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The Parent-Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a home-based literacy, school readiness and parenting program with national headquarters in Long Island, New York. PCHP works with parents and their 2- and 3-year-olds (beginning as young as 16 months) to stimulate the parent-child verbal interaction that is critical to early childhood brain development, language and literacy skills and later school success. PCHP is replicated in communities around the United States, Canada and other countries.

The HIPPY and PCHP programs share several features in common, including the focus on pre-school children, home visiting as the method of service delivery, and the use of staff from within the community. HIPPY USA and the PCHP National Center are currently exploring various ways in which the two programs can share best practices and develop joint training materials. In addition, HIPPY USA and PCHP are currently concluding separate research studies on retention of families; studies that are linked through some common questions and through an ongoing dialogue regarding the progress of each program's study.

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The National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides national leadership in support of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD) by offering information, resources, and referral services; developing and supporting innovative educational programs; promoting public awareness; and advocating for more effective policies and legislation to help individuals with learning disabilities.

HIPPY USA's collaboration with the National Center for Learning Disabilities has been in the following capacities: participating in advisory and focus groups, reviewing NCLD materials, providing pilot sites for NCLD materials, and joint presentations/trainings at HIPPY conferences.

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The Home Visit Forum

The Home Visit Forum, an initiative of the Harvard Family Research Project, consisted of a consortium of administrators, practitioners, and researchers. The Home Visit Forum participants represent six national programs: Early Head Start (EHS), Healthy Families America (HFA), Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Parents As Teachers (PAT), and the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). Despite the unique attributes of each program, the use of home visitation as a delivery model means these organizations share many common goals. Participants worked to create areas for cross program cooperation and learning to strengthen the home visit field as a whole, as well as enhance individual programs. The Home Visit Forum goals included increasing delivery efficiency, developing practice benchmarks that can improve quality, and creating a better understanding of the role that home visitation can play in state and national systems to help young children and their families.

Although the Home Visit Forum is no longer active, the work created from this group can be found here:

The National Human Services Assembly

The National Human Services Assembly is an association of the nation's leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services. Many of the member organizations are national offices of large networks of local health & human service organizations. Others are national research or resource organizations or national programs. HIPPY is a member of the National Human Services Assembly, and also actively participates in its Family Strengthening Policy Center initiative. The Family Strengthening Policy Center seeks to inform policy development and create a place-based, practice-driven approach to improving the conditions and context for healthy family development in the United States.

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Between the Lions

Between the Lions is an Emmy award-winning PBS television series now in its third season, which aims to teach kids aged 4 to 7 to read. Produced by WGBH Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., of New York, the series is built on evidence-based practices and the recommendations of literacy experts. Each half-hour broadcast is loaded with stories, songs, rhymes, dynamic print on screen, and many types of wordplay. The series includes segments that foster phonological awareness, book knowledge and appreciation, print concepts, early writing, alphabet knowledge, and language development. Ongoing research confirms that when young children view the series on a regular basis, they show significant gains in reading skills and motivation.

The BTL series is accompanied by an ambitious educational outreach campaign reaching teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers and kids through workshops, reading clubs, and educational materials. That effort is supported by a unique collaboration of national organizations committed to literacy, including HIPPY USA. HIPPY USA was contracted by WGBH to develop materials for parents and their children ages 3-5, based on the Between the Lions program. HIPPY USA developed, piloted, and translated a series of six booklets based on the series and on WGBH parents' video entitled, "Leading the Way To Literacy". The booklets are being used in homes and at parent meetings by HIPPY USA coordinators across the country.

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