Lead A Group
Volunteer parent group leaders are what makes the PEPS model work, they are the best kind of experts: parents themselves.
PEPS Volunteer Resource Fund
THANKS to the generous support of our community, PEPS Group Leaders receive in-depth training, supervision and evalution by our PEPS staff and experts in the field.
'Becoming a PEPS facilitator was just another step for me to embrace being a full-time dad, and another chance to share my values of respect and volunteerism. Young families and building community are a couple of the things that I am passionate about right now, so it seemed natural that I would give back to PEPS by volunteering. My goal as a facilitator was to try and create a respectful forum for discussion and sharing as well as lasting family-like relationships within our community.'
- Sean, PEPS group leader
What was your greatest thrill as a brand new parent? Your biggest confusion? PEPS leaders create a welcoming space for new parents to share these moments, answer questions, and support one another.
Volunteer group leaders are what makes the PEPS model work. PEPS leaders are the best kind of experts: parents themselves, and also often grandparents, aunts or uncles. PEPS facilitators are compassionate, empathetic, resourceful and real. They don't have all the answers, but they are passionate about helping parents generate ideas, find information and build community together.
Some leaders give back as a way of honoring their own PEPS experience. Many are new to PEPS. All tell us they find great joy and satisfaction in helping new parents connect and share through their PEPS groups.
PEPS Needs Leaders
Volunteers lead over 200 groups each year, serving more than 2,400 families in Seattle, on the Eastside and in Snohomish County. PEPS starts a new group nearly every other day. We offer monthly leader trainings. Demand from new parents grows continually, and so does our need for leaders.
If you loved being part of a PEPS group, join again as a leader. If your kids are past PEPS ages, here's an ideal way to experience the magic of our groups. We enroll new leaders throughout the year.
We love our group facilitators to be parents themselves. We appreciate warm, sensitive communicators, who are accepting of varied child-rearing practices and diverse lifestyles. Interest in early childhood development, experience in education or facilitation, or previous PEPS group participation are welcome pluses. Experience with new parents and infants is helpful and preferred, but not an absolute must. Due to the current Pertussis outbreak in Western Washington, we require our volunteer group facilitators to be current with the Tdap vaccine booster. Getting vaccinated with Tdap at least two weeks before coming into close contact with an infant is advised.
Leaders commit to working with their group for 12 consecutive weeks, fewer if you choose to co-lead with a friend, spouse, partner or colleague. PEPS provides specialized training and group leaders have access to experienced PEPS staff mentorship and a wealth of resources online.
It’s PEPS’ job to help you have a wonderful, fun and rewarding experience as a leader. We’ve designed lots of resources and provide training and support all along the way. The links below outline key details about leading a group and include answers to prospective leaders’ most frequently asked questions.
More group leader information