Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
HIPPY is a unique and proven education system that addresses the root causes of poverty.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is an evidence-based program that works in the home to support vulnerable and isolated 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 55,000 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 34 sites across Canada. The Indigenous HIPPY program has expanded to four communities in British Columbia.
The Four Components of HIPPY
The HIPPY program is compromised of four interlocking components – HIPPY curriculum, HIPPY Home Visits, HIPPY Groups Meetings, and HIPPY Home Visitors. When implemented together these components consistently yield positive outcomes. We have a commitment to continually enhancing and incorporating best practices into all aspects of the HIPPY program and its delivery.
“I Am So Proud!”
A visit with our HIPPY site at the Working Women Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
The Adopt-a-Reader campaign is organized by Mothers Matter Centre – Proud Home of the HIPPY Program in Canada – and First Book Canada. The campaign reinforces leadership skills of HIPPY parents by providing them with a structured opportunity to share their knowledge about early literacy with other parents in their community.