About HIPPY

What is HIPPY Pasadena?

Pasadena Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based program for parents/caregivers of children 2-5 years old. The program helps parents/caregivers prepare their children for success in school and life. Trained Parent Specialists meet with parents/caregivers in the home and conduct role-play activities with the parents/caregivers while providing support to each family throughout their time in the program. Families also receive support from a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

HIPPY Pasadena Goals

  • Increase parents’ confidence to prepare their children for success in school.
  • Improve children’s physical health and social and emotional development.
  • Improve children’s readiness for Kindergarten
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HIPPY Pasadena Interest & Eligibility

Are you interested in enrolling in HIPPY Pasadena? Please fill out the interest & eligibility form below. Once the form is complete and submitted, a Parent Specialist will contact you within 2-3 business days to determine if you qualify.

Filling out the pre-enrollment form does not automatically enroll you and your child into the program. The Interest & Eligibility Form is required to begin the enrollment process.

To qualify for HIPPY Pasadena, you must reside within the Pasadena, Altadena, or Sierra Madre area and be the parent or caregiver of a child turning 2, 3, or 4 years old by September 1.

Resources for Children 0-5

There are many programs within the City of Pasadena that offer services for children 0-5 years of age. HIPPY often works with different organizations within and across the City of Pasadena and surrounding areas. We also strive to create new relationships and partnerships with organizations that have an interest in early childcare education. Find out more about each organization below.

HIPPY Pasadena FAQ

Why should I choose HIPPY?

What your child learns today, will prepare them for the future and beyond. HIPPY will help prepare your child to enter school with the skills they will need to be successful in the classroom as well as the skill they will need to be successful in life!

How does HIPPY help children?

HIPPY is a program that works to increase your child’s skills in many areas while providing you, as a parent/caregiver, with additional knowledge of early childhood development. HIPPY gets your child ready for school with activities that are fun, interesting and meaningful. HIPPY touches on skills such as literacy, math, science, motor, and more!

How much does HIPPY cost?

Pasadena HIPPY is a FREE program. Once enrolled in the program, you will receive FREE books, materials for hand-on activities, mental health support, parenting resources, weekly HIPPY lessons, and access to FREE monthly HIPPY Learn and Play Group Meetings.

Is HIPPY only for low-income families?

No. If you live in Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre or surrounding areas, you may qualify for the program.

How do I enroll into HIPPY Pasadena?

After you complete the Interest & Eligibility form, a Parent Specialist will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule your first home visit. Weekly home visits occur in the comfort and safety of their parent's/care's home.

How long is the program?

The program lasts throughout the school year or 25-30 weeks, from September/October to June/July and August off. If at any time you need to pause the program, your Parent Specialist can assist you to make changes to your enrollment as needed. It is highly recommended to complete at least 2 years of the program to achieve the best results.

What do I need to participate in the program?

Once you enroll in the program, your child will receive a backpack with school supplies, picture books, and the HIPPY curriculum.

Do I qualify for the program?

To qualify for HIPPY Pasadena, your child must be 2, 3, or 4 years old by September 1 and you must reside within the Pasadena, Altadena, or Sierra Madre area. If you live outside of these areas, HIPPY Pasadena will see if you qualify for the program. Priority is given to families that live within these areas. If you are out of state, you may be able to  find a HIPPY Program near you.

What can I expect during a home visit?

Home visits are conducted in the comfort and safety of the parent’s/caregiver’s home Tuesday through Thursday with a trained Parent Specialist. During the weekly hour-long visit, the parent/caregiver and Parent Specialist will role-play each HIPPY activity. Parent Specialists only work with the parent/caregiver and do not work with children. Although children may be present, parents/caregivers will spend 15 minutes each day completing an activity with their child.

My child is currently enrolled in pre-school; can they still enroll in HIPPY Pasadena?

Enrollment into HIPPY Pasadena does not affect your enrollment or standing in other programs like preschool or head start. HIPPY Pasadena is a skill-building kindergarten readiness program that can be done in addition to other programs your child is already enrolled in.