Bond to Literacy Program: A Lighter Version of the HIPPY Program
The HIPPY program is an intensive, two- to three-year commitment for families. For some families facing various challenges, the commitment to the HIPPY program can surpass their current abilities.
Sometimes, a lighter program is needed – one that demands less while still providing tools and support for parent-child engagement, improved literacy, and school readiness. Bond to Literacy is designed for families who are experiencing more acute turmoil in their day-to-day lives.
It is a 12-week early literacy program adapted from the HIPPY program for low-income, disadvantaged families who struggle with issues that may prevent them from making a long-term commitment.
Using HIPPY’s proven model of peer-to-peer program delivery, Community Facilitators are hired from the local community. This unique program approach helps Community Facilitators build skills and confidence and ensures they have first-hand understanding of the circumstances that low-income, low-literacy parents face. This empathy builds trust and collaboration between the Facilitators and families.
Community Facilitators lead weekly group meetings for parents where the HIPPY curriculum is taught to them using the role-play method of instruction.Parents then take these new skills home and work with their children each day – returning to the group the following week to share their successes and challenges and support each other through the process.
In Bond to Literacy, parents work daily with their children, reading and carrying out fun activities provided. They develop a habit of reading, playing and sitting together with their child, which lays the foundation for a new, lasting pattern of parent-child time.
The program has a proven track record of success and is actively facilitated in three provinces in Canada:
- Prince Edward Island: Chances Family Centre in Charlottetown
- Saskatchewan: Open Door Society in Saskatoon
- British Columbia: Six locations across the province
If you think the Bond to Literacy program would serve a need in your community, please contact the HIPPY Canada office to find out more.