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National Council of Jewish Women – HIPPY Program 

July 20, 2023
by Melissa Silvestri

In the National Council of Jewish Women archives at AJHS, the organization has a program named the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education (RIFIE) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. It is an educational program that was developed in 1969 for Israel and NCJW to provide educational support to immigrant and marginalized communities, with a strong focus on early childhood education.  One of the RIFIE’s programs has an international presence, HIPPY or Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters can be found in 15 countries including the United States.  New York City currently has a Bronx based HIPPY Program at BronxWorks. 

This selection of photographs from the New York City HIPPY program from 1996 and 1998 shows parades and street celebrations in Central Harlem and the Bronx neighborhood of Mount Hope. The photographs depict the children dressed up in costumes, on the playground, holding banners, and parading down their neighborhood streets, celebrating their communities. This program has provided great opportunities for families to have great educational resources for their children, speaking to diverse neighborhoods in underserved communities.  

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