HIPPY – A Free Program for Parents of 4-Year-Olds

Richland First Steps is offering the free Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program to parents of 4-year-olds in Richland County. The program is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their children for lifelong accomplishments in school and beyond. HIPPY offers one-on-one teaching and coaching for parents on how to become their child’s first and most important teachers.

During the program, which runs from September 2021 until June 2022, AmeriCorps members trained in the HIPPY curriculum will conduct virtual home visits to give parents the tools and means to practice through role-play skills they can use to better engage their child in daily learning and growth.


The HIPPY program is free to any parent in Richland County whose child turned 4 on or before September 1, 2021 and is not currently enrolled in a public school 4K program or Head Start.

How Parents Can Enroll

Click the button below to complete the HIPPY Parent Interest Form to be contacted by an enrollment specialist. Parents and others with enrollment questions may also call Shannon Helton, Assistant HIPPY Coordinator at 803-553-9677.

Sign up for HIPPY today!

Click the image above for a downloadable flyer to share with parents you know

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