This national longitudinal study examines the outcomes for over 600 children and families who took part in HIPPY between 2016 and 2018.

HIPPY is a free two-year early learning program now operating in 100 communities in Australia that empowers parents and carers to be their children’s first teacher.

This longitudinal study examined the progress of HIPPY families from 45 sites around Australia. The research team conducted face-to-face interviews with parents and used the Who am I? assessment to measure the learning and development of over 600 children over their time in the program.

The method of the study and some early findings were outlined on a poster to the 2018 Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) conference:

HIPPY Longitudinal Study: initial findings (PDF, 221 KB)

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HIPPY research reports

By Julie Connolly and Roxanne Chaitowitz 2020

By enlisting and supporting parents as tutors, the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) creates a transitional labour market that helps these parents develop their goals and improve their job opportunities.

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By Julie Connolly and Shelley Mallett 2020

The most comprehensive study to date has investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) on the Australian children and parents who take part.

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