Newcomer Services

HIPPY – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

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 to all permanent residents with 3 and 4 year old children.

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
  • Referrals to other CIWA programs help participants access additional support services
  • Childcare is available (restrictions may apply)
  • First language support is available

For more information, please email

HIPPY - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
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