Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based program that works with immigrant families in their home to support parents, primarily mothers, in their critical role as their child’s first and most important educator. HIPPY strengthens families and communities by empowering mothers to actively prepare their children for success in school.
Over the past 15 years, HIPPY Canada has reached out to provide more than 6,200 low-income newcomers and aboriginal mothers with structured lessons and practical information that develops their own and their children’s personal skills, ensuring both children and families a better opportunity to succeed in school and society.
HIPPY is a 30 week program designed for children ages three, four and five with program material that consists of; storybooks, activity books, geometric shapes and basic school supplies. Each lesson plan is set out to give the mothers developmentally appropriate activities for their children; each lesson has the objective of ensuring a successful and fun learning experience.
HIPPY uses a wide range of fun learning activities to engage both the mother and the child! Reading, writing, drawing, cooking, singing, rhyming, puzzles and games!
HIPPY started at The SPEC Association in September 2014. Each week, a home visitor visits the HIPPY Moms and delivers that week’s curriculum. Every 6 weeks the mothers attend a group meeting in which they will attend a workshop (based on the needs of the mothers) and have an opportunity to interact with other HIPPY moms.
All of the program materials are free, and all services are confidential.
For more information please contact 403.501.5556 and ask for the HIPPY Coordinator.