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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Canada

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents, primarily mothers, in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher. 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 newcomer, Aboriginal and other Canadian mothers with structured lessons and practical information that develop their own and their children’s personal skills, ensuring both children and families a better opportunity to succeed in school and society.

In Canada, HIPPY’s efforts to measure results, combined with more than 20 years of research in the United States and eight other countries, have proven the benefits of the program for children, mothers, families and communities.

Monthly Story of Change

Julia (Zhu Xia)

Julia arrived in Canada from China as a skilled immigrant with her young son while her husband stayed in China to work. Initially, she had trouble speaking in English, but says that people were very friendly and helped her when needed. Julia researched programs to help her and her son in their new life in Canada; that’s how she found out about the HIPPY program. Julia felt like her Home Visitor understood her experiences as a newcomer and, through her, Julia also learned about community events and activities. Julia quickly became a ‘regular’ in the HIPPY group meetings and met other parents who were in a similar situation. She enjoyed working through the HIPPY program with her son and knows it not only helps them to learn English, but other valuable skills as well. Julia moved on to become a Home Visitor at Multicultural HIPPY Vancouver and has overcome barriers to become a confident member of her new community.

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Life is better with books! Here’s your opportunity to access the books from our programs and at the same time, ensure every child has one. With each purchase of one of our Canadian-published titles, you’ll be directly helping a HIPPY mother be their child’s best teacher.


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Thank you to our 2014-2015 program year sustainers! We would also like to thank our Family Supporters (multi-year donations): Tim and Sheila Casgrain, Barbara and Barry Dong, Carol and Ron Slater, Maureen Boyd, Richard Stursberg, and Ann Cowan.

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