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 participate in Canadian society and prepare their children for success in school and life. As the foundational program of the Mothers Matter Centre, HIPPY Canada has transformed more than 40,000 lives.
Developed in Israel some 60 years ago, today HIPPY is offered in ten countries around the world, with an additional four countries offering HIPPY-inspired programs. At the Mothers Matter Centre, the HIPPY program operates under two distinct branches: Indigenous HIPPY in Canada and Multicultural HIPPY in Canada. While the core of the program remains the same, each branch has modified the curriculum and the delivery strategy to address cultural requirements. Since its debut in Canada, the Multicultural HIPPY program has expanded to 18 sites in fives provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia; and the Indigenous HIPPY program has expanded to four communities in British Columbia.