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Preparing Parents and Building Community

After welcoming a new baby, parents are particularly vulnerable and may be physically isolated, healing from birth, experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, and/or coping with sleeplessness and exhaustion.

We know that social connection for new parents is critical to family wellness and to infant mental health and development.

Good support strengthens resilience for the next milestone, challenge or change, helps create the bond between parents and babies, and shapes a baby’s healthy development.


We measure program success by asking parents about their satisfaction with our programs, and by measuring their perceptions about the five protective factors for family wellness. 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.


Read our Annual Reports for an overview or our full Outcomes Report to learn more about the impact PEPS has made in our community.

What Participants Say about PEPS

“Without PEPS, I would have been overwhelmed with all the information at once. It was also great to have the support system of other moms who had babies at the same stage as mine. The first months of being a mom were not what I had expected so it was really helpful to have that support.”

“My PEPS group was a place I could be honest about everything from difficulty adjusting to parenthood to issues about going back to work. I found great support from people who were going through similar things at the same time.”

“The social connection that's continuing for both me and my spouse. Having a place to bring highs and lows :).”

More parents share their PEPS experience in these additional stories.

Your Investment Makes an Impact

PEPS makes an impact for more than 3,500 parents each year. Your gift to PEPS is an investment in healthy families in our community and helps us train more leaders, continually develop our curriculum and provide financial assistance for parents who cannot afford the program fee. Learn more about making a donation or sponsoring PEPS.

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