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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Family Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Parenting can be a difficult task in our increasingly complex society. Since its founding in 1982, PEP has taught positive parenting classes and workshops to help parents raise children who are competent, caring, and responsible. The program philosophy is based on the work of Dr. Alfred Adler and Dr. Rudolph Dreikurs, whose theories of positive parenting promote mutual respect, personal responsibility, cooperation and social inclusiveness and social interest.

Target demographics: parents and others who care for children learn positive ways to help children grow.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 parents learn new and better ways to raise their children.

Geographic areas served: the Washington DC area

Programs: Over 175 volunteers join together to offer 150+ parenting education courses, workshops and community talks each year. Classes range from 1 to 10 sessions in length, meeting once a week for two hours. Over 1,800 different parents take the classes each year. Classes are taught by highly trained volunteers and are held in schools, churchs, synagogues, and community centers. Parents pay a fee for the classes, and fund raising supports the remaining 45% of costs. Need based scholarships are also available. In addition to the parenting education classes, workshops for teachers, and other child education professionals are offered. One time talks on positive parenting are given at PTAs, community groups and corporations. A bookstore and lending library are maintained by volunteers at the office location. PEP maintains a web site that offers updated information on classes, class status, special programs and items of concern to parents. Past issues of the newsletter (from 1990) are available on-line. A summer day camp for tweens with friendship and social skills challenges is run by child development professionals. A small staff (two full time and seven part time; 4.5 FTEs) provides support in publications, marketing and scheduling presentations.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professional counselors, doctors, psychiatrists and other health care professionals send parents to gain practical skills and support for a wide variety of parenting issues. I came to PEP when my children were very young, just to find some direction and a road map for parenting since I wanted a different approach form my parents punitive style of parenting. I have remained involved ever since. PEP changed my life.

Previous Stories
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a client of PEP and a professional counselor, I would recommend PEP to all of my clients and friends. My parents were not the role models that I would choose. PEP helped me develop and work toward a vision for my family that made sense to me. We worked toward improvement, independence, respect and responsibility, not perfection. They are happy, well adjusted adults. I think it worked!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started taking PEP classes when my now 15 year old was 2. I felt I was a lousy parent and I wanted to learn a better way. Fast forward 13 years - after having taken every single class and workshop there was to take not once but 2 or 3 times, I felt that the only way to "stay with the program" was to start teaching the classes (yes - to some people things come a little harder than others!!!). It has changed my parenting, it changed my marriage, I changed my profession as a result of my learnings at PEP and it truly changed my entire life. My family would not have survived the trial and tribulations life threw at us if it hadn't been for the COURAGE we learned at PEP. PEP is definitely a gift that keeps on giving and that everyone who comes in contact with it wants to pay forward.

Wendie L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first came to PEP 19 years ago when my daughters were 4 and 2. I knew I wanted to learn a different way to parent than the way I was raised. I learned so much more than I ever imagined, and I have never left. Now I teach parenting classes at PEP and the things that I learned are reinforced regularly and have application to so much more than my relationship with my children. PEP has improved nearly every aspect of my life, because it has positively affected the way I interact with everyone in my life.

1 Suzanne35

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a PEP participant, PEP leader, and Professional Coach, I highly recommend PEP and all of its programs to other parents. The education PEP provides has helped me do what I can to improve my relationship with my husband and children, and as a result, has supported and fostered my personal and professional growth. The curriculum is just what I needed to get out of the throws of daily battles and frustration with my family and back into the joys of being a parent and a child! Because of PEP, I have confidence in myself as a parent and confidence in my children, even when we mess up "royally!" I wish every parent could feel that way and access what PEP has to offer.