Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program to be Launched in China and Korea

March 8, 2017

Originally appeared in Yahoo Finance

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JERUSALEM, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) China and Lolo Educational Services Co. (LES), Korea for the entrance of it its wholly-owned Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program into China and Korea.

HIPPY is an early learning program which has seen extraordinary results in helping parents take the role of their child's first teacher. HIPPY, which partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school, is a thriving international program closing the achievement gap at 440 program sites, reaching 20,000 families, in 10 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand, and the US. HIPPY-inspired programs operate in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Sweden and Turkey.

What makes the HIPPY early-learning program so unique is that the focus is on empowering parents. Paraprofessional home visitors from the community, who are well-versed in the curriculum materials, work directly with parents of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds, who are then asked to engage with their children using the educational activities they have just learned. HIPPY relates sensitively to the communities it serves, providing materials in the language preferred by the parents and community and encourages the production and use in each country program of native language and/or bilingual story-books and materials.

In China and Korea, the HIPPY model described above was expanded and transformed in order to better serve upper and middle class populations. The basic idea of working with the parents in order to prepare their children for preschool still remains, but here professional teachers will train the parents, and the goal is to bring the children to a higher level, so that they can excel in school. In the case of China and Korea, the curriculum will also be adapted to culturally fit these countries. In Korea the program will begin with a pilot for 6 months, and localization and modification work will be done during this period. One hundred parents are expected to participate in the pilot at 3 sites in Seoul. Following the pilot stage, the official launch of the program is planned for late summer of this year.

Dr. Miriam Westheimer, Director, HIPPY International, said, "HIPPY has been steadily growing worldwide over the last 10 years.  South Korea and China are the first programs in Asia where we will be adapting the core program model for a very different and more highly educated consumer.  It is coincidental that the two new countries will start at the same time and we will use this exciting opportunity to enrich the HIPPY International network."

DJ Dongjun Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Lolo Educational Services Co., Korea, commented, "We were very impressed by the proven added value that HIPPY offers in preparing children for school and studies. I hope HIPPY can help Korean parents to better understand the benefits and importance of their involvement in their children's education and that our partnership will bring a new wave of parent involvement to the Korean education market."  

Yichan Yuan, Chief Executive Officer, ASDAN China, stated, "Today, we declared our commitment to work together with HIPPY to help preschool children reach high-quality education at home, benefiting them in the long-run. As a country with a large population, there are currently millions of preschool children in China. Parents are willing to prepare their children for school by educating them at home, however, lack of informative guidance makes it extremely difficult for them to succeed in this task. The collaboration between HIPPY and ASDAN China will provide parents with the support and information they need in order to help their children excel in school. We believe that this initiative can have a big impact on education of children in China."

Research has shown that children who participated in the HIPPY program as a 3-, 4-, or 5-year-old appear to have benefited long-term from the experience. Research also suggests that the HIPPY program intervention can increase school achievement and build a strong base for school success. More research information can be found at http://www.hippyresearchcenter.org/index.php

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