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Preparing Parents and Building Community

Since 1983, thousands of Puget Sound parents have become PEPS parents. Sharing is at the heart of every PEPS group and many participants speak up to tell their stories. We listen carefully to participant feedback, both through informal narratives and structured surveys, to continually enhance and expand our programs.

What Participants Say about PEPS

Every day, parents tell us what a positive force PEPS has been in their lives.

Sleep Deprived Dads: Where can a new father turn when he's just as sleep-deprived as his wife and is feeling a bit overwhelmed by parenting?

Finding a Safe Place: It was the one place I could go and NOT have to explain why my 22 month old wasn't walking yet or why, at age 3.5, he can't always use his big boy words.

Get Out the Door: Getting out with our babies to a PEPS meeting meant we could venture out other places with them too, like the grocery store...and everyone would survive.

More parents share their PEPS experience in these additional stories.


PEPS evaluates our programs by surveying parents before and after their groups. We measure program success by asking about satisfaction with our programs, but also by asking parents about their perceptions about the five protective factors for family wellness:

  1. Parental Resilience
  2. Social Connections
  3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  4. Concrete Resources in Times of Need
  5. Social-Emotional Competence in Children

Our outcomes evaluations confirm that a majority of PEPS participants feel less isolated, more confident and competent about their parenting skills, aware of parenting resources in their community and neighborhood and well connected with people who support them as parents.

After PEPS:

  • 84% of parents say they met new people in their PEPS Group who can support them as a parent
  • 74% of parents say that being in PEPS increased their confidence in their ability to parent well
  • 90% of parents say that watching other babies in their PEPS Group helped them understand how babies reach developmental milestones
  • 84% of parents say that being in a PEPS Group helped them understand that having mixed feelings about being a parent is normal and felt encouraged to seek support when things are hard
  • 74% of parents learned about local resources for families in their PEPS Group

Pre/Post-Group Participant Surveys, 2016

Read our full Outcomes Report to learn more about the impact PEPS has made among Puget Sound parents.

Your Investment Makes An Impact

PEPS makes an impact in more than 3,000 families each year. Your gift to PEPS is an investment in healthy families in our community by helping us to train more volunteer leaders, continually develop our curriculum and by providing financial assistance for parents who cannot pay the program fee.

Learn more about the PEPS Mission and Vision and read our Annual Reports.

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