Program for Early Parent Support Programs
PEPS' core program is the Newborn Parent Peer Support program, a neighborhood-based program that serves over 1,700 families per year in King and Snohomish Counties. PEPS Newborn Groups meet for 12 consecutive weeks in the daytime or evening in two-hour sessions. Most morning group attendees are mothers; evening groups typically include both parents. Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator, and meet in the homes of group members. 90% of PEPS Groups continue to meet regularly after the formal program ends.
PEPS also offers site-based groups that begin each quarter for families with older babies or two or more children. All of our site-based groups except Little Peppers are led by trained volunteers.
- Baby Peppers is PEPS’ site-based program for parents with an older baby, aged 5-12 months.
- PEPS for Dads groups are for primary caregiver Dads with babies 0-12 months old when the group begins.
- Second Time Around is PEPS’ site-based program for parents with a newborn and an older child where one parent attends the meeting with only the new baby.
- Little Peppers is PEPS’ site-based program for parents with both an infant and a toddler. Little Peppers uses paid facilitators. Baby Peppers and Little Peppers are held at several different sites in King and Snohomish Counties.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We are proud that over 90% of the PEPS Groups we form continue to meet regularly after their formal 12 week program ends: “PEPS was a life saver for me as a new Mom. I was in a day time Moms only group and it was perfect for the place I was in at that point. We were all very different women, including backgrounds, religions, personalities, marriages, but somehow we were still able to form a strong bond. Our kids are two now and there are at least four of us who still get together every week, the rest we see about once a month. I am so passionate about PEPS that I've now led two Newborn groups myself and feel honored to be a part of an organization that truly gets the wonderful but overwhelming early stages of parenthood.” Jessica S.
PEPS is a volunteer organization and volunteer facilitators play a critical role in being able to form more PEPS Groups and ultimately serve more parents. We currently form approximately 200 groups annually and recruit, train and place over 200 volunteers. The volunteer group leader’s ability to effectively facilitate a PEPS group directly impacts the overall satisfaction and outcomes of the group experience. It costs in excess of $300 to recruit and effectively train a single volunteer, over $60,000 to recruit and train 200 volunteers.
Consistent with our commitment to making PEPS as accessible as possible, program fees represent less than 50% of PEPS’ annual budget. For the remainder, we look to our community to help us continue provide a safety net for new parents.