We equip mothers facing multiple barriers to become engaged citizens, confident parents, and prepare their children for success in school.
Mothers and their children achieve their full potential and are actively engaged in their communities.
Together with our network of dedicated community partners, the Mothers Matter Centre empowers socially isolated and economically vulnerable mothers—including newcomers, refugees, and Indigenous mothers—and their children to live full and productive lives. It creates an environment of acceptance, encouragement, and learning through innovative, evidence-based education and supports.
The national office is the licensing body of HIPPY and other programs that works with community partners to oversee program implementation, training, and performance management. The national office leads program innovation development and supports public awareness of its programs.
Fast-Track to Learning and Interaction for Parents (FLIP) is a play-based pilot program for refugee families who have just arrived in Canada and have children between 3 to 5 years of age. LEARN MORE
MMC is working in partnership with service providers on a Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Project called Linking the Divided. We received funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to run this project from December 2021 to March 2023. LEARN MORE
Indigenous Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) works with Indigenous families in land-based and urban communities to build positive experiences in education and to strengthen their capacity to support learning using a culturally relevant curriculum. LEARN MORE
Our newcomer innovations are designed to help refugee families as they integrate themselves into a new society and their children into Canadian schools. We undertake research to understand the challenges that refugee families face on arrival and implement best practices to support refugee families’ settlement. LEARN MORE
Multicultural Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) supports the mother as the first and most important teacher of her child while addressing issues that immigrants and refugees confront when they arrive in their new country, such as language and cultural barriers. LEARN MORE
Bond to Literacy is a 12-week early literacy program for low-income, disadvantaged families who struggle with issues that may prevent them from making a long-term commitment to the regular HIPPY curriculum. The program is designed to demand less of families while still providing learning tools and support. LEARN MORE
Adopt-a-Reader is a two-week literacy campaign where HIPPY families “adopt” non-HIPPY families from their community by guiding them through daily activities that focus on parent-child bonding through reading activities. The mother-to-mother community-centred approach allows the campaign to reach even the most isolated families. LEARN MORE
Supporting Mothers and Raising Toddlers (SMART) is designed to support parents of children ages 18 months to three years of age and focuses on fostering healthy early childhood development, increasing connections to community resources, strengthening social networks, and deepening parent-child bonds. LEARN MORE