The HIPPY program was founded by Dr. Avima Lombard in 1969 in Jerusalem, Israel. The NCJW Research institute for innovation in Education sponsored the development of the HIPPY Program. In 1975, the Israel Ministry of Education adopted HIPPY as a national home-based early childhood program. In the 1980’s, HIPPY began spreading around the world and the first program began in the U.S. in Richmond, VA. In 1988, the first Texas program started in Dallas with Carla Weir Mowell as the first HIPPY coordinator in Texas. HIPPY was the first US program to serve immigrant Spanish speaking families. Ten years later Mrs. Carla Mowell established the HIPPY Texas State office in the University of North Texas. In 2000, HIPPY begins at the Irving Independent School District. In 2016, HIPPY Irving participates in a pilot program that identify families with children that may be exhibiting or have been diagnosed with Autism. HIPPY is proudly served worldwide in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.