The program works with three year-olds for a period of three years, and four year-olds for a period of two years. The activities concentrate on language, discrimination skills and problem-solving. Parents are assisted in setting up the program by home visitors. The home visitors visit the home every other week, bringing the storybooks and packages for that week. There is a group meeting every other week. Home Visitors work with Latin American, First Nations, Vietnamese, African, Chinese, and multicultural communities.
The HIPPY project is a partnership with SFU (Continuing Education), National Council of Jewish Women and Britannia Community Services Centre (Community Education Department). The project has received funds from Health Canada, Vancouver Foundation, Westcoast Reduction Foundation, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.