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Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Canada

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 16 years, HIPPY Canada has reached out to provide more than 7,400 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.


His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada, and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston are Patrons of HIPPY Canada.

Monthly Stories of Change

Celebrating women who are making a difference.


Inti Cancino RochasInti originally came to Canada from Mexico City on a student exchange program. After marrying and becoming a new mother, Inti wanted to stay in Canada to ensure better opportunities for her son. Yet having no family or friends to turn to made her situation very difficult. Inti fondly remembers first starting HIPPY and feeling very fortunate for the warm friendship that soon developed with her Home Visitor, Shinda.

“She is so wonderful! She is so helpful! When she comes to my home, I just feel happy to have her…we chat about our kids, we go through the program, she helps us with some advice from her own experiences with her child. So it’s good!”

Inti’s husband has also become involved with HIPPY, and the program is something the family can now do together.

“We started to have a better relationship. We have a really good bond. When we do HIPPY, we are together. I can’t imagine how special it would have been if I had done the same with my own mother and father.”


Joahna_Carvallo-Salas_01Originally from Peru, Joahna immigrated to Canada with her husband and son, only to quickly discover a new life burdened with language issues, isolation, and homesickness. Equally discouraging was learning that her Peruvian credentials weren’t recognized in the job market. Depression could have overwhelmed her, yet when Joahna decided to study English, HIPPY exceeded her expectations. Her bond with her son blossomed, his literacy skills improved, and
HIPPY group meetings connected Joahna with other mothers who provided crucial support for her renewed sense of independence to begin exploring her neighbourhood and the resources it could offer.

After accepting a position as a Home Visitor, Joahna had the unique opportunity to work alongside a HIPPY child with autism. The profound impact of this experience ultimately inspired her to pursue training in behavioural intervention for special needs children.

“I never thought I could actually go to college…it’s a privilege for me, to be a part of this family…HIPPY is very rewarding.”


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