Education Programming at WWCC

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally-recognized trademarked program that was brought to Canada in 2001. At Working Women Community Centre, the HIPPY program provides newcomer families with the tools and support that allow them to make a real difference in their children’s lives. Parents are empowered to help their children successfully enter the school system, thrive in school, and integrate into Canadian society faster and easier.

As part of our Education programming, HIPPY is funded by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and recognizes that parents are their children’s first and best teachers. Research has shown that the ideal time for children to start learning is in their earliest years. Through early intervention, the program assists immigrant families with their settlement needs, ensures enhanced success for children headed to kindergarten, and enables parents to play a key role in this learning and settlement process.

Home visitors are employed to work with HIPPY families in their homes. The home visitors bring a new set of instructional materials weekly, and using role-play, they spend one hour per week reviewing the materials with the parents. Parents then deliver lessons to their child in 15-minute daily sessions. Newcomer families make a two-year commitment to participate in the program over 30 weeks per year, concurrently with the school year.

Throughout the city of Toronto, Working Women Community Centre runs HIPPY in the following neighborhoods:

  • Downtown West, Francophone and Karen communities
  • Malvern community
  • Thorncliffe Park/Flemingdon and Victoria Village communities
  • Jane and Finch community

We work in collaboration with several community partners that include: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Health Centre, Malvern Family Resource Centre, Rouge River Ontario Early Years Center, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, and Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services.

In 2014, our HIPPY program expanded its services to include the very first Young Mothers Project for women 29 years and younger who have children ages 3-5, with a focus on children’s education development and relationship building.

During the past few years and through each of our HIPPY cycles, we have served over 1000 families and 1200 children all across the sites in Toronto. Go to http://www.mothersmattercentre.ca/ to find out more about HIPPY in Canada.

If you would like more information about the HIPPY program in your community, please contact our HIPPY staff:

Sylvie Charliekaram
HIPPY Toronto Program Manager
Victoria Park HUB
1527 Victoria Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
Tel: 416-750-9600 Ext. 260
Direct- line: 647-847-2554
e-mail: scharliekaram@workingwomencc.org

Konul Gurbanova
HIPPY Administrative/Employment Counsellor
Victoria Park HUB
1527 Victoria Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
Phone: 416-750-9600 Ext. 208
Email: kgurbanova@workingwomencc.org

Charmaine Greenidge
HIPPY Site Lead for Thorncliffe Park/Flemingdon and Victoria Village
Victoria Park HUB
1527 Victoria Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
Phone: 416-750-9600 Ext. 212
Email: cgreenidge@workingwomencc.org

Stefania Ntonas-Kostova
HIPPY Site Lead for Downtown West, Francophone and Karen communities
1081 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 3J1
Tel: 416-532-2824 ext. 233
Fax: 416-532-1065
Email: sntonas@workingwomencc.org

Dorothy Tabe
HIPPY Site Lead for Jane/Finch Community
2065 Jane Street West, Suite 106
Toronto, Ontario M3N 2V7
Phone:(647) 346-3700 ext. 322
Fax: (647) 346-3701
E-mail: dtabe@workingwomencc.org

Angela Edwards
HIPPY Site Lead for Malvern Community
Victoria Park HUB
1527 Victoria Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
Phone: (416) 750-9600 Ext. 224
Email: aedwards@workingwomencc.org

Sierra Henry
HIPPY Site Lead for for Young Mothers
1081 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 3J1
Tel: 416-532-2824 ext. 248
Fax: 416-532-1065
Email: shenry@workingwomencc.org