a grassroots organization that provides resources for
families to educate
children and empower families.






“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action.”-Mother Teresa

Early Childhood Education

The CIC-LIFE program is an early childhood program which provides parents with the tools to prepare their young children for school success. Our goal is to have all children enrolled in our program to be school ready and as a result become successful in their lives.

School Readiness

  • We prepare children for successes in school and beyond. Since 2003, 944 children have completed 30 weeks of the HIPPY curriculum.
  • Parent involvement and awareness; Parents receive individual, weekly  training and support. In 2011parents spent 4,650 hours reading and working with their children.
  • Community Initiatives for Children uses the internationally and nationally known HIPPY curriculum to guide children’s development. Over the last five years 541 parents enrolled into the HIPPY Program.
  • We help parents evaluate kindergarten programs to meet their family needs. In 2011, 100% of all children enrolled were screened by Minneapolis Public Schools.


There are 4 components to the CIC-LIFE model


1. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters –HIPPY

HIPPY is a 30 week home visitation program that focuses on parent-involved early learning and provides solutions that strengthen families. HIPPY’s goal is to help parents prepare their children for success in school and beyond, as well as empower parents as their children’s first teacher by giving them these tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home.
The Parent Educators come from the communities that we serve.
“We have walked in your shoes” HIPPY Parent Educator

Parent Educators are hired from the communities that we serve. They come from many different cultures and countries and speak the home language of the parent.  These trained Parent Educators visit low-income parents of preschool children weekly and engage them in the Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum.

2. Child Connections

Through our Child Connections program families are linked to other early childhood support services. Many of our families have limited resource and face cultural and other barriers. During our weekly home visits Parent Educators connect parents with resources that affect all aspects of family life and early and elementary education. Examples of service connections include; healthcare-immunizations, early childhood screening and school registration, ECFE classes, housing resources and employment.

3. Library on Wheels

“We understand the importance of having access to books in the home”

Parents feeling isolated and unable to get out or unfamiliar with how to obtain a library card can have books delivered to them during home visits through our Library on Wheels. Over 5,000 multi-cultural books are located at our library. These books range in age from newborn to eight-years-old.

4. Reading is Fundamental-RIF

Families are encouraged to take part in RIF. The RIF program takes place three times during the year and offers parents and children social activities  with other families to break cycles of isolation and despair and introduce fun examples to play, read and learning. Free books are given to all children that attend.

Community Initiatives for Children, 411 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409, Phone: 612-871-0662
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