Program meets the needs of vulnerable mothers and families during COVID-19

July 23, 2020

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

The Mothers Matter Centre  (MMC), previously known as the Home Instruction Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Canada, is a national nonprofit housed in Vancouver, BC. The organization works with isolated mothers where they live – at home – connecting them with other mothers in their communities who share an intimate awareness of the issues and challenges they face.

During these COVID times, recognizing the urgent need to sustain contact and support families, the Mothers Matter Centre staff around the country have responded by producing a creative suite of materials. This includes hard and virtual copies of the parent-child curriculum, instructional tools, tutorials on virtual home visiting, and extension parent-child activities (‘Stay ‘N’ Play Series’). The suite of materials with easy to follow parent-child activities is available on their website here.

According to Debbie Bell from MMC, “The COVID-19 isolation precautions have escalated the necessity for human-centered connections and tactical support services between already-isolated refugee and newcomer mothers and their families. Social distancing, isolation, and quarantine measures are essential for public safety.”

She adds that in this current situation, the organization and its partners have “pivoted to a virtual delivery of the HIPPY home visiting approach program ensuring a consistent, and dependable human connection during these challenging COVID circumstances.”

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