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Welcome to PEPS.

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Since 1983, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization has helped parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community.

We've become a vital resource for new parents in the Puget Sound region, with parent groups serving thousands of families annually.

PEPS at a Glance

Icon of parents. Peer Support. At PEPS, parents learn from each other. Icon of clipboard. Core Topics. Feeding, Sleeping, Self-Care, Work & Family, Temperament, Early Learning, Routine Icon of parent and baby. PEPS is about parenting and the important ways we connect and support our babies and children.
Icon of baby. Wellness. PEPS focuses on the five protective factors of family wellness and the principles of infant mental wellness. Icon of head with gears. Parent Education. Family & Development Curriculum Icon of hearts. PEPS is fun and meaningful.Exchanging stories, laughing and learning with other new parents is often the highlight of a parent’s week.
Icon of people meeting around a table. Trained Leaders. Create a comfortable, informal, welcoming space that encourages sharing and builds trust. Icon of buildings. Getting out of the house. Parents say that PEPS was a reason for them to get out of the house each week. Having a new baby can be very isolating. PEPS helps to reduce isolation. Icon of a group of people. Communities. PEPS is often the first parent community you will be part of.
Icon of coins. Financial Assistance Icon of Partners. More groups with PEPS Partners. Groups for twins/multiples, LGBTQ+, Jewish families, foster families, and more. Also, in other locations. Map of Seattle. Local. PEPS was founded 35 years ago in north Seattle

Commitment to Racial Equity: We believe that all new families should have access to a healthy, supported start in life. As long as race and ethnicity continue to predict the future life chances of children in our state, we are committed to working with families, partner organizations, and communities to identify barriers to parent support and wellness, interrupt their negative impact and eliminate the persistent disparities in child outcomes.

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.

Vision

Create communities in which:

  • No new parent feels isolated, ill-equipped, or unsupported.
  • All parents develop the confidence to build strong, healthy families.
  • All children grow up in a social environment that allows them to thrive.

Annual Reports

Community & Connection

Over and over again, parents tell us “PEPS saved my life!” and “I wouldn’t have made it without my PEPS Group.” PEPS helps new parents anticipate challenges and provides support and information. At the conclusion of their groups, PEPS parents say they feel more connected, confident, competent, knowledgeable and supported.

"At PEPS, it’s okay to ask and all “Is this normal??!! Questions”’ –PEPS Parent

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