Though the critical role of family engagement, ESC-2 provides home visitation services to children and their families in Nueces, San Patricion and Kleberg counties using two grants - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES II).
Nationally accredited, HIPPY is an evidenced-based family engagement program that works directly with parents to address achievement gap issues for children ages 3-5 years old. Coastal Bend HIPPY began services in Nueces County in 2012 and then expanded services to San Patricio in 2014. Home visits and monthly parent group meetings provide parents with the tools and resources necessary to meet individual families' needs. In 2014-2015 Coastal Bend HIPPY served 136 children and 114 parents in both Nueces and San Patricio counties. During this period the number of participating children classified as school ready increased from 88% to 99% with noted gains in each of the five domains tested. In 2015-2016 HIPPY served 157 children and 140 parents, with preliminary data showing similar results.
In 2016, ESC-2 received additional funds for home visitation with the HOPES II grant. HOPES II educates children, engages families and enriches communities. Utilizing two evidenced-based programs, HIPPY and Parents as Teachers (PAT), the HOPES II program seeks to increase families' communication between families, communities, and service providers. ESC-2's HOPES II program currently serves 131 families and 141 students across Nueces and Kleberg counties. Case managers provide home visitation services, parent meetings, and deliver resources to families with children ages 0-5 years old to help them find employment, become school ready, and locate health care services.
The uniqueness of ESC-2's home visitation program is the collaboration between ESC-2, schools, and the community to provide a pipeline of direct services and resources to schools who prefer students and their families to thesse programs in order to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.