The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is an international program designed to provide parents (especially new immigrants and low income families) with the tools, skills and confidence to prepare their children for success in primary school and beyond. The program empowers parents through the use of activity packets, home visits and group meetings or events.
CFUW-Ottawa is a proud supporter of the HIPPY Ottawa program. CFUW-Ottawa's primary support to HIPPY Ottawa is through the monthly two-hour meetings/events held throughout the school year. The objective of these meetings/events is to create an atmosphere that is social and informative with a Canadian culture focus. CFUW-Ottawa volunteers help the HIPPY Ottawa Co-ordinator and the home visitors by registering families and children at these events, keeping track of excited children, and generally providing assistance to parents and HIPPY Ottawa staff.
The HIPPY Ottawa outings in the 2011-12 school
year included visits to the Museum of Nature, Winterlude, and the Vanier Maple Sugar Fest. The learning events featured presentations on child development, accessing the Canadian health care system, and a visit to a local library.
HIPPY Ottawa is currently serving 36 families with a total of 49 children. CFUW-Ottawa provided a minimum of five volunteers per meeting this year. HIPPY Ottawa plans to increase the number of families to 50 for 2012-13. Hence, we need more volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering for this important Club project, click here
for more information.