Project Description:

Project Nenes implements a HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program. The curriculum is primarily cognitively based, and focused on language development, problem solving, logical thinking and perceptual skills.

Description of Services:

HIPPY is an evidenced-based program that works with families in the home to support parents as their child's first teacher. A Parent home Visitor makes home visits to the families and role-plays five lessons once a week for one-hour for 30 weeks. Parent support groups are implemented monthly. A role-play of a week's 5-day lessons will be accomplished together as well as additional enrichment and community information in areas such as health, family resources, and child development. 

Project Goals:

Increase the number of children receiving preschool/in-home instruction to promote cognitive and social development. Increase the number of parent support groups and empower parents with information, skills, materials, and support to establish a learning environment in their homes. Seventy-five (75) families will learn the importance of child development and will increase the knowledge of community resources and other educational experiences. Thirty-eight (38) HIPPY participant will be children who live within the jurisdiction of underperforming schools as designated by the funder. 

Eligibility/Targeted participants:

HIPPY serves parents with children ages 2, 3 and 4 who DO NOT attend preschool and meet low to middle income guidelines.


Funding is provided by First 5 Imperial

Length of Funding: 

Project Nenes has been funded since July 2004, Project CARE has been funded since 2012 and Project IMPACT has been funded since 2016. Programs under HIPPY are currently funded through June 2022.

Contact Information:

Maria Lopez-Pantoja
Program Coordinator 
1398 Sperber Road, Building D. 
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 482-3102

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