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More than $100 million in funding has been committed to the Home interaction program for parents and youngsters (HIPPY), which will support ongoing program delivery for the first 50 locations and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Indigenous families.
HIPPY is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood program that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher, building the skills of parents and carers to help prepare their child for school. The program also offers some parents and carers a path to employment and local community leadership.
The first 25 new communities were selected to commence program delivery in early 2014 with the remaining 25 new locations expected to start in early 2015. From 2015, HIPPY will be operating in 100 locations across Australia, targeting around 2350 children (aged four years old) each year.
Source: NACCHO Communique