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. HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic an geographic groups across the country, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education or social isolation.
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 develops their own and their children’s personal skills, ensuring both children and families have a better opportunity to succeed in school and society. HIPPY currently operates in 20 sites across Canada, including six Aboriginal and 14 multicultural HIPPY sites.
HIPPY Canada is currently tracking efforts and outcomes for two program areas.