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If the regular program fee is at all going to be a stretch for you, please ask us for financial assistance.

What's the difference between a Daytime and Evening Newborn Group?

Some parents debate between attending a daytime group on their own, or attending an evening group with partners. Here are some of the key differences:

In Newborn Daytime Groups, one parent attends with the baby. In Newborn Evening Groups, most parents attend with partners and some parents attend solo.

Daytime groups are typically moms only, and many participants like being in this environment and feel that it encourages deeper sharing, intimacy and emotion. Most daytime groups have a mix of parents who stay home, work part-time and or work full-time. Daytime groups plan outside activities that may include partners in order to expand the community that PEPS helps to build.

Evening groups are often attended by partners, although some parents attend solo as single parents or because an evening group works better for their schedule. Many participants love the diverse perspectives brought in evening groups, including working parents and non-working parents. Evening groups tend to be laid back and social, and many families say that they like that the whole family belongs to the group. Evenings can sometimes be harder for the babies, who may be fussier during the meeting time.

Many people see the value in participating in two groups – one in the daytime solo and one in the evening with partners. If you are interested in this option, use the discount code Newborn2Groups when you register for your second group to receive $50 off the second group. This is to be used once, for your second Newborn Group.

What's the difference between Newborn, Baby Peppers, Little Peppers & Second Time Around?

You can read more about all PEPS Groups here. Newborn and Second Time Around groups are neighborhood specific; see below to find your area.

Baby Peppers and Little Peppers meet in community locations, and you can register for the group that is closest to you or that works best for your schedule – even if it's outside your immediate neighborhood. When searching for groups, it's easiest to select the Group Type you're interested in and All Areas, then click on Show Results. It will pull groups from all areas and you can select the group that works for your schedule and location.

How do I choose a start date?

For groups with a newborn, select a date that is 2-16 weeks after your baby's due date. Based on many years of experience working with new parents, this is the ideal time frame to start a Newborn Group. If you select a group that starts before two weeks past your due date, we may ask you to switch to a group that starts later. For Baby Peppers, your baby should be 5-12 months old when the group begins.

Please register quickly if you are interested in joining to secure your spot.

Times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). If your computer is set to another time zone, it may skew the times listed.

What if there isn’t a group that works for me?

If you don't find a group that works for you because your area is not listed, we recommend that you create a PEPS profile and make a New Group Request. We will get in touch with you if there are enough families in your area to form an additional group.

When do I need to register?

As soon as possible! Groups fill quickly – register as soon as you can to secure the group of your choice. If groups have low enrollment, they may be cancelled. When families register early, we know that there is interest in the group.

How do I register?

You first need to Create Your PEPS Profile and sign in to register for a group.

Once you are signed in, click on the Groups tab and you will find a list of all the upcoming PEPS Groups. You can filter this based on the Group Type, neighborhood and Daytime/Evening. Once you find the group that works for you, click on it and you will be prompted to select one or two parent attendance.

  • For Second Time Around and Newborn Groups, choose the neighborhood you live in to find a group.
  • For Little Peppers and Baby Peppers, choose the Group Type but leave the neighborhood blank so that you can see all available groups. For these groups, you may sign up for the group closest to you or the schedule that works best for you, even if it's outside your immediate neighborhood.

When do I pay for my Group?

Once you’ve selected a group and have selected whether one or two parents will attend, you will be routed to PayPal where you will have the option to pay either via a credit/debit card or with your PayPal account. Group costs vary from $160-$210 and includes a $20 non-refundable registration fee.

What if I can't afford the Program Fee?

PEPS is committed to serving every family who wants to participate in a group. We offer Financial Assistance to many families, which covers between 20-99% of program fees. If you would like to apply, click on the Financial Assistance link during registration follow the instructions. You will receive additional information from PEPS to complete the remainder of the registration process.

What if I need to change or cancel my registration?

We publish the group dates and times well in advance so that you can plan ahead for the meetings and commit to the full session. If for some reason you cannot participate in the group you signed up for, we will do our best to help you find another spot. Refunds (minus the $20 non-refundable registration fee) and group changes can be given with 3 weeks’ notice prior to the group start. Please email if you have any changes or cancellations. If you want to switch groups, we also require notice and we will need the Event ID (number) of the group you want to move to. If a group is cancelled due to low enrollment, we will try to move you to a different group or refund you in full.


Where are PEPS Newborn Groups offered?

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PEPS offers groups in King County and south Snohomish County.

Neighborhoods groups are assembled as follows (approximately) and include surrounding areas that may not be listed. Please choose your group based on these guidelines:

  • Northwest Seattle (Fremont, Wallingford, Phinney, Ballard, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Greenlake)
  • Northeast Seattle (U-district, Ravenna, Laurelhurst, Greenlake, Wedgwood, Maple Leaf, Northgate, Lake City, View Ridge, Sand Point, Olympic Hills)
  • Queen Anne/Magnolia (includes Belltown and downtown)
  • Central Seattle (Capitol Hill, downtown, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, First Hill)
  • Southeast Seattle (Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Brighton, Mt. Baker, Seward Park, Othello, Rainier Beach)
  • West Seattle (all areas)
  • Bellevue (includes Mercer Island, Medina, Newcastle, Renton)
  • Redmond/Kirkland (includes Woodinville*, Kenmore) *there are occasionally Woodinville specific options
  • Woodinville
  • Issaquah/Sammamish (includes Snoqualmie*, North Bend) *there are occasionally Snoqualmie specific options
  • Snoqualmie (includes North Bend, Fall City)
  • Southwest Snohomish County / North King County (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Mukilteo, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park). Thanks to a generous grant from the Verdant Health Commission, families who live in the Public Hospital District 2 boundaries qualify for a reduced program fee. Find out if you are eligible.
  • Southeast Snohomish County (Bothell, Mill Creek, Woodinville*, Kenmore, Brier, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace) Thanks to a generous grant from the Verdant Health Commission, families who live in the Public Hospital District 2 boundaries qualify for a reduced program fee. Find out if you are eligible. *there are occasionally Woodinville specific options
  • Renton (Renton, may include families from Kent, Auburn, Burien, SeaTac, and other south King County cities)
  • Bainbridge Island We occasionally form groups here when there is enough demand. Create your profile and click to request a new area if you are interested.

How big is each Group?

In daytime groups, one parent from each family attends with the baby. The same parent attends each week. Daytime groups typically have 8-12 families. In evening groups, some parents attend solo, but most parents attend with partners. There are usually 5-8 families in evening groups.

What if my baby is over 4 months old?

Please read more about our additional programs: Baby Peppers, Little Peppers, and Second Time Around groups.

What if I can't host a group in my home?

It is not mandatory to host a meeting in your home, although we do highly encourage it, if you can make it work. If you are unsure about hosting, we encourage you to sign up for a hosting date later in the session, so that you can get an idea of what hosting entails. Our groups are informal – people can sit on the floors or stand and rock their babies.

If for any reason you choose not to host in your home, you may host in a public place, such as a library meeting room or community center, or you may choose to offer to help in some other way, such as organizing a group outing, or providing snacks for meetings at other members' houses.

When will my group meet?

PEPS Groups have set start dates and times. Newborn Groups meet once each week for 12 consecutive weeks, with new groups starting throughout the year. Baby Peppers and Little Peppers meet once each week for 11 consecutive weeks in fall, winter and spring. Second Time Around meets once each week for 12 consecutive weeks, with new groups starting in fall, winter, spring and summer. You can see what groups are available in your area under the Groups tab on the Registration page.

What does my PEPS Group fee pay for?

PEPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on a combination of fees and contributions to provide PEPS Groups that thousands of parents have valued so much for more than 30 years. Learn more here.


What is the difference between PEPS and other groups?

In the greater Puget Sound area, there are a wide variety of postpartum support groups, parenting classes and early learning opportunities:

  • New Baby or New Mother classes at hospitals are typically taught by a nurse or parenting educator and have a planned curriculum, focusing on health care and baby care for infants under 4 months of age. Parent Trust also has classes for new parents taught by instructors.
  • Listening Mothers are led by professional therapists and focus on the emotional changes that mothers experience and the development of the mother/baby relationship.
  • Many other professionally-led groups are offered for a variety of postpartum needs.
  • Feeding support and groups like La Leche League focus on feeding the baby.
  • MOMSMOPS, Attachment Parenting International, and a variety of church-based groups also exist. These often serve a wide range of parents, whose children may be anywhere from birth to age 4.
  • Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) has a mission of building a strong community by supporting families of color through parenting programs, resource sharing and fostering meaningful connections.
  • There are also parent-baby classes in specific activities such as gymnastics, swimming, music, and yoga.
  • PEPS Network groups offer support modeled on the PEPS format and approach, sometimes with modified curriculum for specific needs.

Many PEPS participants have participated in multiple programs and they report that they found value in each type of program.

PEPS is different from other programs in a variety of ways. PEPS has more than 30 years of experience facilitating community, connections and parent confidence in the early weeks and months of becoming a new parent.

  • Trained facilitator handles logistics, group communications and introduces parenting topics
  • Inclusive of all parents and parenting styles
  • Peer support model
  • More than 250 Groups a year in King and Snohomish counties
  • Emphasis on serving parents with both day and evening group options
  • A group consists of the same parents each week throughout the 11-12 weeks
  • Founded locally, with curriculum and approach developed over more than thirty years

Are PEPS Groups limited to certain types of families?

All families are welcome. PEPS Groups reflect the diversity of the Seattle area, with a range of age, race, religion, income, education, political views, and so on. Many Newborn Groups include adoptive parents, single parents, gay and lesbian parents, parents of multiples, multiracial families, both first-time and experienced parents, and more. PEPS families are connected by the common experience of parenting a new baby and living in the same general geographic area.

PEPS also works with other organizations to provide peer parent support to their communities through the PEPS Network.

I hear that PEPS Groups often meet for years. Will mine?

Your leader will facilitate your PEPS Group for 12 weeks for Newborn Groups and Second Time Around and 11 weeks for Baby Peppers and Little Peppers. The leader will also help the Group with strategies for continuing to meet on their own. Some groups choose to stop meeting after 12 weeks, some continue for a while, and some of our groups continue to meet for years, supporting each other through preschool, first days of kindergarten, even through the challenges of adolescence! It’s worth investing time and effort to build your social network as new parents. We hope that all PEPS parents continue to find and build a social network for themselves and for their growing children after PEPS, including meeting parents at daycare, preschool and during the school years.

Is PEPS a parent education program?

PEPS provides an extensive curriculum to Group Leaders to facilitate topic discussions. However, much of the learning comes from sharing information with other parents, observing other parents and their babies, and participating in the facilitated discussions that guide you in exploring your own values and priorities for your family. When people ask about “parent education,” they are typically referring to a class taught by a professional educator. The PEPS model is based on peer support rather than instruction and your leader's role is not to be an authoritative educator, lecturing you on the "right way to parent," but a facilitator, guiding the discussion and providing resources.

PEPS is a structured program with a nationally recognized research framework called Strengthening Families at its core. For more information, read about how PEPS support healthy families.

Every PEPS Group is filled with experts - you, the parents! You're all learning new things about parenting every day, and your Group's leader can help guide you on this journey.

Who are PEPS Group Leaders?

Newborn Group Leaders are volunteers. After attending a PEPS Group Leader Training, Group Leaders volunteer approximately 4 hours per week for 12 weeks to lead Newborn Groups. PEPS could not offer the education, support and community that we provide to over 3,000 parents each year without the amazing volunteers who lead PEPS Groups. Group Leaders come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and share the common goal of helping new parents to thrive and build community.


MORE QUESTIONS? Call PEPS at (206) 547-8570 or email

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