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.

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.

Program Details

Who Can Join? Newcomers in Central Alberta

Program Fees: FREE

Next Session: September
Program Length: 1 Year

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.

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