Mothers Matter Centre National Office

The national office is the licensing body of HIPPY and other programs that works with community partners to oversee program implementation, training, and performance management. The national office leads program innovation development and supports public awareness of its programs.

Since our inception, the Mothers Matter Centre has transformed over 42,000 lives. We helped more than 15,000 mothers gain new skills and abilities essential to strengthening mother-child relationships. This means their children and families were better prepared to get the most from their early school experiences.

| Programs

Multicultural Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) supports the mother as the first and most important teacher of her child while addressing issues that immigrants and refugees confront when they arrive in their new country, such as language and cultural barriers. LEARN MORE

Indigenous Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) works with Indigenous families in land-based and urban communities to build positive experiences in education and to strengthen their capacity to support learning using a culturally relevant curriculum. LEARN MORE

Our newcomer innovations are designed to help refugee families as they integrate themselves into a new society and their children into Canadian schools. We undertake research to understand the challenges that refugee families face on arrival and implement best practices to support refugee families’ settlement. LEARN MORE

Bond to Literacy is a 12-week early literacy program for low-income, disadvantaged families who struggle with issues that may prevent them from making a long-term commitment to the regular HIPPY curriculum.  The program is designed to demand less of families while still providing learning tools and support. LEARN MORE


Supporting Mothers and Raising Toddlers (SMART) is designed to support parents of children ages 18 months to three years of age and focuses on fostering healthy early childhood development, increasing connections to community resources, strengthening social networks, and deepening parent-child bonds. LEARN MORE

Adopt-a-Readr is a two-week literacy campaign where HIPPY families “adopt” non-HIPPY families from their community by guiding them through daily activities that focus on parent-child bonding through reading activities.  The mother-to-mother community-centred approach allows the campaign to reach even the most isolated families. LEARN MORE

Literacy Plus is a practitioners’ guide to adding adult literacy activities to family service programs. It takes an individualized approach to English language learning and provides mothers with the opportunity to converse in English, allowing them to utilize public service systems and learn new skills that otherwise would have been inaccessible. LEARN MORE

Practicing Citizenship aims increase immigrant women’s participation in Canadian society through a practical, hands-on program in Canadian history and democracy, practical community experience, mentoring and literacy training. Participants make informed decisions about their settlement and improve their understanding of life in Canada. LEARN MORE

Care, Identity, and Inclusion (CII) is a guided community discussion series that supports parents in dialogue about how and when they share their culture with their children. The discussions explore a series of themes such as: how intergenerational cultural sharing preserves values, fosters high-quality family relationships, and contributes to social inclusion. LEARN MORE

Stories of Inspiration

When Mothers Matter, Everything Else Falls into Place

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Our Funders & Program Sponsors

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.Q., C.D. Governor General of Canada; The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D., Former Governor General of Canada; and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston, C.C., are patrons of the Mothers Matter Centre.

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