An Equity Accelerator Strategy Parents developing careers in an early childhood home visiting program

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Deborah R. Stark
Miriam Westheimer


This article shares the history of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, an evidence-based international home visiting model. It highlights HIPPY’s unique approach to advancing equity by hiring program parents as home visitors.  Further, the article shares stories of parents-turned-home visitors who ultimately transitioned into employment and other leadership posts in their community. As such, the article illustrates how HIPPY supports parents to develop their careers which accelerates equity at the individual and program levels.

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