Indigenous HIPPY

What is Indigenous HIPPY?

Indigenous HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an educational and support program for parents of children (3 to 5-year-old) of Indigenous ancestry. 

HIPPY uses a mother-to-mother approach to help parents transmit a love of learning in their children and reinforce the importance of education for careers and success in life.

Through home visits, Indigenous HIPPY provides parents with weekly easy-to-use activity packets that will help them teach their children essential skills and habits needed to be ready for school.

HIPPY is about spending fifteen minutes a day with your children with a storybook, a puzzle, or an educational toy. 

When?
HIPPY is a 30-week program from September to June. At the end of the year, families participate in a graduation ceremony.

Parents commitment:

One hour every week to work at home with your Home Visitor.
Fifteen minutes every day to do HIPPY activities at home with your child.
We invite families to participate at bi-weekly group meetings where we provide a nutritional meal, guest speakers, parenting and cultural workshops, bus tickets, and childminding.

Where?
Indigenous HIPPY is at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS).
Home Visitors work across East Vancouver.

Cost: FREE

Contact: 

Osiris Lopez – Coordinator of Indigenous HIPPY
Tel: 604-251-4844 ext 308 or Cell: 604-880-5451
e-mail: Osiris.hippy@vafcs.org

Stacy Pascal – HIPPY Home Visitor
Cell: 604-704-3520
e-mail: stacy.hippy@vafcs.org

Christina Nielsen – HIPPY Home Visitor
Cell: 604-608-4267
e-mail: christina.hippy@vafcs.org

Jessica Seegerts – HIPPY Home Visitor
Cell: 604-813-3857
e-mail: Jessica.hippy@vafcs.org

Program partners:

This program works in collaboration with the Helping Spirit Lodge Society, the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and in partnership with the Mothers Matter Centre.