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PEPS in the News

Learn more about the difference PEPS has made in our community with a few informative clips from our news archives.

Updates and Developments to PEPS Programs

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and developments on PEPS Groups and more (March 2024) [more]

The Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering with PEPS

ParentMap shares the essential role that PEPS Group Leaders play in bringing support and connection to parents, as well as the unexpected benefits of this meaningful this volunteer opportunity. (October 25, 2023). [more]

Meeting the Challenges of Parenting

PEPS Executive Director Dana Guy chats with Bill Swartz from The Puget Sound Now podcast to discuss how PEPS supports families to find resources and build community, one group at a time. (August 2023) [Listen]

PEPS Affinity Program Connects Parents With Shared Identities

ParentMap shares about how PEPS is evolving our parent support groups from a one-size-fits-all approach to building community for parents with specific identities. (July 17, 2023) [more]

How PEPS is Attempting to Make a Good Board Better – Experiments with Board Structure

PEPS Board President Rebecca Koladycz reflects on the accomplishments and learnings from the first year of operating with a smaller, more nimble board structure after PEPS moved away from a traditional Board of Directors in 2022. (May 2023) [more]

A PAT for Parents of Teens

ParentMap shares about the PEPS Program for Parents of Adolescents and Teens (PAT), a program that offers empowering support, research-driven information, and resources to parents of adolescents. (February 27, 2023) [more]

The PEPS Stretch

Seattle’s Child shares how PEPS has expanded to serve more parenting phases through in-person, virtual, and hybrid meeting options. Seattle’s Child (December 21, 2022) [more]

What Gives You Purpose?

Parenting has always been hard, and we each experience it so differently based on our paths to parenthood, privilege, oppression, mental health, access to community, and so much more. Living as a parent in this particular moment though, is a lot. (May 2022) [more] 

Can a Smaller Board Bring in More People (Like You)?

Like many nonprofit boards, we’ve been asking ourselves how the board is contributing, or not, to the organization’s DEI mission, and whether it’s possible to disrupt the fundamentally archaic and toxic nature of the Board structure. (May 2022) [more]

We’re Winging It

This podcast episode features a conversation between PEPS Executive Director, Dana Guy, and Kalea Harrison, PEPS participant turned PEPS Group Leader and podcast co-host of “We’re Winging It”.

June 29, 2021 (Listen)

Displays of Racism Around the Country

Many of us started 2021 with a lot of hope that it would be different from 2020 (January 12, 2021)  [more]

No Pants Required: Parent Groups Gone Virtual

The Nurture® Seattle team reached out to PEPS to find out what it’s like to lead and participate in virtual parent peer-support groups. (June 26, 2020) [more]

We Need to Talk

Several years ago, our Board and Staff committed to prioritizing racial equity. We started by learning and intentionally making changes to our organization from the inside out. And still we know we must do more and be more vocal. [more]

Pregnant during a pandemic: Seattleites share their concerns about birth, delivery, and beyond

This Seattle Times article features an array of perspectives and experiences from expectant and new parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Seattle Times, April 19, 2020 [more]

Finding Connection During Parenthood

PEPS Executive Director, Dana Guy, chats with The 425 Show podcast on how programs like PEPS supports new parents. [Listen]

PEPS Executive Director, Dana Guy, on King 5

Learn about how COVID-19 is impacting local nonprofits and how you can help. [more]

Finding space to connect: 5 picks from The Riveter’s Amy Nelson

Evoke, A community of optimists hosted by Melinda Gates [more]

Welcome our New PEPS Executive Director!

A message from the PEPS Board President, Mary Ellen Cunningham, October 2019 [more]

It takes a village to raise kids, so here are some Seattle-area resources for parents

The Seattle Times, October 28, 2019 [more]

Wine mom culture

KatyKatiKate, a local blogger and mom, recently spoke about the many benefits of PEPS (01:47) when she appeared on The Record with KUOW on August 12, 2019.

Parenting and Loneliness

This KUOW interview features Jessica Lawmaster, the Executive Director at PEPS alongside Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson discussing how becoming a new parent can be incredibly isolating and what we can do about it.

KUOW, October 24, 2018 [more]

Teen moms lean on one another in peer support program

The Daily Herald, August 4, 2018 [more]

Strengthening Young Families with PEPS

News from The Canopy, Verdant Health Commission, serving South Snohomish County • Fall 2017 [more]

PEPS Was the BEST Choice We Made as New Parents

Find Connection, Resources and support in a PEPS Group —JOIN A PEPS GROUP!1 [more]

1Queen Anne Neighbors, (Best Version Media, July 2017), 10-11

PEPS Outreach in South Snohomish Earns Funding

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) has received a grant from the Verdant Health Commission to continue to reach new parents in the growing south Snohomish County region. [more]

Partners in Parenting helps new Austin parents get needed support

Friday, March 4, 2016

Read a story from our PEPS Network Partner in Austin, TX. [more]

Save, Baby, Save! Budget-Friendly Tips From Baby Gear to Child Care to Outings and More

April 1, 2016

ParentMap article from shares great money-saving ideas for parenting - and they include PEPS! [more]

A Welcome Letter from the New PEPS Executive Director, Jessica Lawmaster

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dear PEPS Friends and Supporters,
It is with great pleasure that I greet you as the new PEPS Executive Director! As I reflect on my first month at PEPS, I am filled with gratitude and excitement. [more]

PEPS Hires New Executive Director

Tuesday, December 10, 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters of PEPS,
We have exciting news! After an extensive search process conducted over the past several months, we have hired Jessica Lawmaster, MSW, as the PEPS Executive Director. [more]

PEPS Executive Director Last Newsletter

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dear PEPS Community,
It is a bittersweet time for me at PEPS. This will be my last newsletter I write as the Executive Director. For the second time, PEPS has offered me so much and made such an impact in my life. [more]

PEPS Executive Director Bids Farewell

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dear PEPS Community,
We are reaching out to you with the announcement that after six highly successful years, LB Kussick is resigning from her position as Executive Director to spend time with her family and explore new possibilities. [more]

First PEPS mothering group a success at Room One

Methow Valley News, February 19, 2015

New moms Cara Godwin, Sara Steele, Sam Soodak, Talitha Parsons and Dani Golden met at Room One in Twisp on Friday (Feb. 13) for the final session of a 12-week mothering group based on the PEPS framework, or Program for Early Parent Support. [more]

Support groups help new moms adjust to life with baby

Everett Herald, August 2014

People with infants face many challenges, including some that involve their own perceptions of what society expects of parents. Enter the nonprofit Program for Early Parents Support (PEPS). [more]

PEPS Birthed a Parenting Village

ParentMap, 2013

Many new parents are not prepared for the feelings of isolation and inadequacy that often comes with the joy of welcoming a new baby. It is these first, critical months of parenthood that the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) guides parents through. [more]

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