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COVID-19 Updates from PEPS

[April 5, 2023]

Support and connection are vital for new parents and their newborns, even more so during a time that researchers know to be a particularly isolating period. We know that when we strengthen our connection with one another, we are healthier, more resilient, and more fulfilled. Hundreds of new families are participating in  PEPS Groups each week, finding a community to learn, reflect, and connect with during this critical time.  

Looking Forward

PEPS has safely reintroduced in-person groups based on recommendations from the medical community and King County public health guidelines. This decision centers the safety of our community, the unique circumstance of unvaccinated babies participating in PEPS Groups, and our values of equity, inclusion, and community. PEPS is committed to keeping families healthy and safe.

We recognize that public health guidelines continue to change. Effective April 3, 2023, the Department of Health (DOH) ended the mask order that requires universal masking in healthcare, long-term care, and adult correctional facilities. With this new development, we reviewed the protocols and practices of our programs once again.

Starting on June 1, 2023, PEPS Groups that meet in homes or in hybrid groups will no longer be required to wear masks. PEPS Groups that meet at community sites will continue to be required to wear masks. Any updates or changes will be shared on this page and with participants and Group Leaders directly. 

In-Person and hybrid Groups

The introduction and efficacy of vaccinations have changed the landscape around the severity of COVID-19 cases. We recognize that not everyone is willing or able to get vaccinated. While state and local guidelines for Washington businesses and residents have changed, families with young children face unique and complicated challenges, as newborns and infants are still not eligible for vaccinations.

All participants meeting in person will be required to self-report that they have been fully vaccinated, and PEPS may request proof of vaccination at any time. Acceptable documents include your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (originals, copies, or photos accepted), certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, digital QR codes from MYIRmobile, or WA State Immunization Information System printout. PEPS is unable to guarantee that all eligible participants have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Depending on the meeting format, in-person PEPS programming will include guidelines around masking, group size limits, how to ventilate and sanitize spaces, and sharing food, among other health and safety guidelines.

Visit our In-Person and Hybrid PEPS Groups page to learn more and to register.


Virtual groups will continue to be offered, and families will meet online for the entirety of the sessions.

For families in virtual groups who feel comfortable getting together in person, we ask that they do so outside of their formal PEPS meetings. PEPS encourages families to find safe ways to continue social interaction outside of their scheduled group sessions in adherence to public health mandates.

We are so grateful for the flexibility and creativity parents and group facilitators have shown during this unprecedented time. Thank you for being part of our community.

The PEPS Team


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