Clinton Praises ASPR Client
Hard work and good luck resulted in President Bill Clinton giving a moving testimony to the work of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, a longtime ASPR client. Clinton made his remarks at the Democratic National Convention and they were viewed by 24 million Americans. Coverage was secured on NPR, Education Week, POLITICO and dozens of other outlets.
PRESIDENT CLINTON’S PRAISE OF HIPPY USA JOINS
GROWING CHORUS OF BIPARTISAN VOICES SUPPORTING
EDUCATION HOME VISITING PROGRAM
In a nationwide address, President Bill Clinton spoke passionately about the impact of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (www.hippyusa.org), an evidence-based home visiting program.
“Twenty years of research has shown how well this program works to improve readiness for school and academic achievement. There are a lot of young adults in America…who are enjoying better lives because they were in that program,” Clinton said at the Democratic National Convention. The clip can be viewed at http://cs.pn/2awbOpB.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s relationship with HIPPY USA dates back to the 1980s when she was the First Lady of Arkansas. Recognizing that many families with young children weren’t getting what they needed, she brought the HIPPY program to the state to help teach parents how to prepare their children for school.
As a nonpartisan nonprofit, HIPPY USA is supported by legislators, community leaders, school administrators and others in order to successfully implement its model.
HIPPY USA helps to close the education achievement gap for families in 140 communities across the country. Peer parent educators work with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher. Parents in underserved neighborhoods are provided with a set of carefully developed curriculum, books and materials designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive and early literacy skills and social/emotional and physical development.
Research has found the HIPPY model to be effective in improving school readiness, parent involvement, school attendance, classroom behavior, standardized test scores and academic performance by children participating in HIPPY.
Some of the research findings include:
HIPPY parents become more engaged in reading, talking and working with their children.
HIPPY improves children’s school readiness.
HIPPY children demonstrate higher achievement in school.
HIPPY parents are involved in their children’s schools and education.
Further details are available at http://hippyusa.org/research/.