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Understanding PEPS Program Fees

Strength in numbers
3,515 parents and 2,495 babies were served by 590 volunteers, 12 board, and 12.6 staff in 2017.

Why Does PEPS Charge a Program Fee?

PEPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on a combination of fees and contributions to provide programming for thousands of parents each year.

Where Does My Money Go?

Fees and contributions pay for the programming to serve more than 3,500 parents annually.

  • Group leaders facilitate over 200 Newborn Groups – and lead over 3,000 meetings – each year. That’s an average of 9.5 meetings each day in our community.
  • We plan for more than 240 groups each year across our area, responding to demand and parent feedback.
  • We provide financial assistance to more than 100 families each year.
  • We reach out to parents, doctors, midwives, doulas and organizations with information about PEPS and the need for parent support.
  • We provide site-based programs (Baby Peppers and Little Peppers), which require rented space and paid, trained leaders.
  • We partner with other organizations to offer parent support to the families they serve.
  • Each parent registration – daytime or evening – costs about the same to create, manage and evaluate. Evening groups have fewer total families, because there are more parents to manage; those groups cost more to deliver as a whole.
  • We process over 3,000 registrations and answer thousands of questions as parents await the arrival of their babies.
  • We train and support more than 200 group leaders each year.
  • We develop curriculum for parents on self-care, perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, child development, attachment, and many more topics and thousands of up-to-date curated resources for leaders on topics such as feeding, child development and postpartum mood disorders.
  • We partner with Perinatal Support Washington to provide drop-in support for PEPS parents needing additional emotional support from professional therapists.
  • We track each PEPS Group’s progress week-by-week.
  • We share important local and national resources to families in formal communications like newsletters, a PEPS blog, a resource-rich website, frequent email updates and an online community.
  • We help refer parents in our programs – and those who are not – to find local resources for parenting support, such as finding programs for older children.
  • We approve and maintain a roster of guest speakers who donate their time and expertise to our groups on a variety of parenting topics.
  • We offer PEPS Community Events.
  • We evaluate our programs using the five protective factors of the Strengthening Families™ approach. Using these benchmarks to survey parents about their PEPS experience, we continuously improve our program and delivery, and respond to changing needs in our community.
  • We manage IT and our registration system, which allows PEPS to plan for groups ahead of time and helps parents choose groups based on their schedules and needs.
  • We pay for phones, technology, internet and rent for our offices and training/meeting space, and required administrative and accounting functions.

Our goal is to ensure that PEPS is available to new parents and parents of growing families when they most need it.

Your fees and contributions make that possible.


Financial Assistance is available to cover part or all of your program fee. Even if you feel you don’t qualify for financial aid, if you feel stretched by the cost of participating in a PEPS Group, please ask about financial assistance.

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