PEPS helps parents feel more confident, competent and connected to their communities through peer parenting support groups.
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, utilizing this input 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.
Where can a new father turn when he's just as sleep-deprived as his wife and is feeling a bit overwhelmed by parenting?...
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...
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....
Over the years, PEPS' Leadership has evaluated the program's success at achieving our founding objective to provide a universal preventative program that promotes five protective factors for family wellness:
- Social Connections
- Secure Attachment
- Parental Resilience
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Awareness of Concrete Resources Supporting Families
PEPS checks in by surveying parents before and after their groups. Our outcomes evaluations confirm that PEPS participants usually 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", parents say *,
99% "I feel confident about my ability to parent well "
92% "I have connections to people who can support me as a parent, and who offer helpful advice on parenting issues."
90% "I have people in town who would help me in an emergency or an unexpected situation."
89% " I feel I can manage my day-to-day routine, and handle tasks that need to be done."
79% "I learned about local resources for families"
* Pre/Post-Group Participant Surveys, 2010
Read our full Outcomes Report to learn more about the impact PEPS has made among Puget Sound parents.