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The 12-week program supports newcomer families while they quarantine in a hotel or other temporary accommodation.


FLIP is a play-based pilot program for refugee families who have just arrived in Canada and have children between 3 to 10 years of age. The 12-week program supports newcomer families while they quarantine in a hotel or other temporary accommodation.

The program focuses on deepening parent-child bonds, supporting healthy early childhood development, and restoring a sense of parental agency. It engages parents and children with easy-to-follow activities to stimulate children’s creativity, reading habits, and encourage physical activity through quality playtime between parents and their children.


Each week, an animator delivers the supplies required for the activities and provides quick instructions to the family on how to engage with the materials. The Mothers Matter Centre (MMC) is piloting the FLIP program with two partner organizations, the Regina Open Doors Society and Saskatoon Open Doors Society.

  • 51 easy-to-follow activity cards

  • 4 books

  • 4 toys

  • Craft supplies

Expected outcomes of the FLIP Program

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FLIP Aims to:

  1. Increase engagement for children while they are confined in hotels by equipping parents with a variety of playful resources.

  2. Facilitate the bond between parents and children through engagement in play-based learning activities.

  3. Improve the confidence of parents and children through expressing themselves and interacting with each other.

  4. Support holistic child development for improved school readiness of children.

  5. Encourage parents to find support and alleviate feelings of isolation through the animators’ weekly visits.

Expected Outcomes for Families:

  • The parent-child bond is strengthened, helping both parent and child feel more at home in Canada.

  • Parents and children develop increased confidence in expressing themselves as they interact with each other and with other household and community members.

  • Children are better prepared for school and life in Canada.

  • Parents feel more connected to their community because of their interaction with the FLIP animator.

  • Parents feel ready to transition toward MMC’s HIPPY program.

To learn more about the program and how you can help, please contact

Amy Zhou

Project Coordinator

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