Is HIPPY for me?

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.

  • Are you a parent, new to Alberta, and interested in how to teach your pre-school child at home? HIPPY is for you!
  • Are you a parent who would like to feel that your family is part of the bigger community? HIPPY is for you!
  • You want your pre-school children to be very successful when they start Kindergarten. HIPPY is for you!
  • You are a parent who wants a support network and resources to help you adjust to raising a family in Canada. HIPPY is for you!

What does HIPPY do?

Over the past 16 years, HIPPY Canada has reached out nationally to provide more than 7,400 low-income newcomers, Aboriginal, and other Canadian mothers with structured lessons and practical information that develop their own and their children’s personal skills, ensuring both children and families a better opportunity to succeed in school and society.

In Canada, HIPPY’s efforts to measure results, combined with more than 20 years of research in the United States and eight other countries, have proven the benefits of the program for children, mothers, families and communities.

The HIPPY program was introduced in Red Deer, Alberta in January of 2009. This program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (former CIC Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to help immigrant families establish an educational environment at home.

How does HIPPY work?

Home visitors help moms and/or dads to be the first teacher of their children creating a strong bond between them. Home visitors make referrals on how to locate, access, and use available and appropriate community resources, motivating families to be involved in the community and be knowledgeable about different programs they can benefit from. Through this help, moms/dads are dealing with isolation and culture shock; they are gaining back their confidence and they are empowered to go and help new families as well. We provide our services in a variety of languages to be able to increase the sense of unity amongst different cultures and backgrounds. In Red Deer, our families have the privilege of being the clients of an Immigrant Organization called Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association CAIWA. As CAIWA, we have the capacity to support the families giving them the benefit of all our programs.

For more information on the HIPPY program please check out the following resources:
HIPPY Curriculum , HIPPY FAQ.

  • What is the duration of the program?
    1 Year
  • Who can participate?
    Newcomers to Red Deer
  • When does the next class start?
    September 2018
  • What is the cost?
    This program is free.