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 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 30 years ago, today, HIPPY is offered in eight countries around the world. Since its debut in Canada, the HIPPY program has expanded to 25 sites in seven provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. There are two branches led by program directors: Aboriginal 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.