Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Canada (HIPPY)

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) 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 actively prepare their children for success in school.

Over the past 15 years, HIPPY Canada has reached out to provide more than 6,200 low-income newcomer, 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.

Monthly Story of Change



Aarthy emigrated from India to Canada in 2006 with her husband and son. They arrived in Canada without knowing anyone, and Aarthy felt that they had no one there for them in the beginning. She heard about HIPPY and was anxious to start the program when her son was old enough.

Through HIPPY, Aarthy has had many opportunities; with the encouragement of her Home Visitor, she began volunteering in the reading program at a local school, even though she initially felt shy and lacked confidence. Now, Aarthy is employed at her son’s school as a lunchroom monitor and has a newfound passion for teaching, a passion that she plans to pursue in the future.

"Before I was still not working and I didn’t have much work experience but HIPPY gave me more energy, more courage to face the world very boldly…Before that I was so shy and I never went for any job but now after HIPPY I think that I’m good in teaching."

Aarthy has met many of her friends through the HIPPY program and has gained valuable work experience.

"If I didn’t know about HIPPY I would stand still. When I came to Canada in 2006, I couldn’t find any good in my life. After HIPPY even my son became very confident and even I became very confident that I could bring up my kids very well…Now I am so comfortable. If I didn’t know about HIPPY I would surely miss so many things! I would miss good human beings, good friends, and mainly my career."

15th Anniversary HIPPY Canada Events

  • Marina Negus, spouse of the Australian High Commissioner and HIPPY Chair Maureen Boyd (left). Adopt-A-Reader campaign participants (right).

HIPPY Videos

HIPPY Better with Books Club

Powered by Nirvana & WordPress.