Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
The HIPPY program 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 prepare their
children for success in school.
At the core of the HIPPY program is a structured home visit that:
• Delivers a curriculum based on the needs of children to become school-ready;
• Leverages role-play as an important method of teaching the skills needed to implement the
child-centred curriculum; and
• Features a peer Home Visitor system that enables mothers, who may be hard to reach
because of social isolation, poverty, language, or other cultural issues, to feel comfortable participating in the program.
The HIPPY program employs moms, often graduates of the program, as Home Visitors who then work with newcomer, refugee, and Indigenous mothers in their most important role – as their child’s first teacher. When paired with a Home Visitor, mothers develop their skills and gain confidence and self-esteem. The program builds bridges to the larger community, ending
isolation and helping mothers take steps to prepare their kids for success in school. Home Visitors receive weekly training, employment experience, and career mentoring that supports them in their transition to other work or higher education.
The HIPPY program’s holistic approach benefits home visitors, mothers, and their families.
CAIWA provides monthly group meetings and weekly structured lessons for parents of preschool aged children. The program runs for 30 weeks per year, concurrent with the school year. This program aims to improve parent capacity to facilitate learning and development.
Parents receive information that reduces language and cultural barriers related to education
and community services and learn how to actively participate in the community and school.
Parents will be able to confidently understand and use the HIPPY materials to support their child’s learning.
Are you a parent, new to Alberta, and interested in how to teach your pre-school child at
Are you a parent who would like to feel that your family is part of the bigger community?
Do you want your pre-school children to be very successful when they start kindergarten?
Are you looking for a support network and resources to help you adjust raising family in
HIPPY is the right program for you.
Who Can Join? Newcomers in Central Alberta
Next Session: September
Program Length: 1 Year