Newcomer Services

HIPPY – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters – immigration

Program Description

The program provides immigrant women and their families support with literacy skills to prepare their preschool aged children for school.

Program Details

  • 30-week program to enhance parental support for pre-school children
  • English language enhancement for parents
  • Weekly in-home parental literacy support
  • Canadian school system referrals
  • Family literacy support
  • Group meetings with participants
  • Potential employment opportunities for parents after completion of program

Eligible Clients

The program is available for parents of all immigration status with children between 3 and 5 years of age.

Additional Program Information

  • The program equips parents with teaching skills to prepare their children for school
  • Program facilitators visit clients’ homes once a week
  • Parents follow HIPPY curriculum to gain skills and help their children learn English
  • The program helps families access family health, nutrition and community resources
  • Parents receive support with school preparation
  • Upon program completion, participants receive employment support and guidance
  • First language support is available
  • The program is available throughout Calgary
  • Referrals to other CIWA programs help participants access additional support services
  • Referrals to other Family Resources Network Hubs and Spokes in Calgary based on the needs of the clients
  • Referrals to other agencies in Calgary to help with access to additional support

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