Mission: Enable parents of infants and young children to build communities that empower them to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and sharing of information.
Programs: Peps empowers families to build connection and community with other new parents in their own neighborhoods. Becoming a parent is a life-changing, vulnerable transition that carries with it increased risk of isolation and emotional, mental, and physical health challenges. Through weekly parenting peer-support groups, peps provides opportunities for social connection, skill building, shared learning, and supportive resources when families need it the most. In 2017, 293 peps groups supported 3,515 new parents in developing healthy attachment with their babies, gaining confidence in their own abilities, and finding support and connection amongst their peers.
to meet unique needs of parents and partner with existing parent-serving organizations, peps offers the peps network, through which it provides the peps model of parent peer-support groups to parent communities served by partner organizations. Peps provides training, initial and on-going consulting to peps network partners. In 2017 peps helped five network partners launch an additional 40 groups serving 270 families.
PEPS is part of the fabric of Seattle and has been instrumental in the lives of countless families and children. Regardless of background or circumstance, expecting parents can get all starry eyed in the fairy tale anticipation of their adorable new baby to be. Oftentimes that leaves us unprepared for the less dreamy realities of sleepless nights, collicky infants, challenges with breastfeeding - just to name a few. New parents can feel isolated and think they are the only one having these issues. It's nice when well meaning friends and relatives tell you they experienced these challenges and it got better. It's amazing to be in the trenches and experiencing the challenges and SUPPORT from your peers as you navigate new parenthood. PEPS provides that non-judgmental peer support exactly when you need it. And the babies and children and families really benefit.