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PEPS Working Moms

For nearly 40 years, PEPS has been providing opportunities for new parents to build community and find support through programs and events. Families have shared their highs and lows of parenting and have connected during their many weeks together and sometimes, beyond that!

Many parents have expressed to us a desire to meet and connect with families who share identities that intersect with their identity as parents and caregivers. We have been listening and recognize the need for this form of connection.

In 2018, mothers working outside of the home account for nearly one-third of all employed women in the United States (1). Each day, they face unique challenges, as they sort out an additional and new identity as mothers, and as they grapple with returning to their jobs or re-entering the workforce. Mothers also often find themselves needing to balance a career with managing childcare, house care, and caregiving, all of which are often unpaid work. The intersection of these responsibilities and identities translates into an even greater desire to be among those who can understand, empathize, and support their efforts.

PEPS is thrilled to be introducing an online pilot peer-support program for mothers working outside of the home. The PEPS Working Moms pilot series is intended to support mothers in exploring their identity and values as working parents and aligning those principles to their life and career. This program has been developed as a safe space for working mothers to share practices, resources, and connection with other moms in a similar life stage. The curriculum was devised and based on responses received from nearly 200 working mothers and several personnel professionals from local companies on relevant topics and areas where this parent group has expressed needing additional support.

This virtual pilot program is a free 8-week series designed specifically for local mothers working outside of the home and raising children ages 0-5 to build community and find support. Each week, there will be a weekly discussion topic facilitated by a PEPS Group Leader trained in inclusive facilitation and time for socializing and connection.

In this pilot, our organization will be using the program to learn and adapt as we strive to make this an ongoing series and enhance the curriculum continuously. Be sure to participate in the pre-and post-program surveys to share your feedback and help this program grow!


Program Details

Who: This virtual gathering series is open to mothers, adoptive mothers, and non-gestational mothers with children aged 0-5 years, working outside of the home and living in our service region. Babies are welcome! Up to 8 parents will participate in each group.

What: An online pilot peer-support group for parents and caregivers who identify as working mothers. This will be offered as an 8-week series, with no cost to registrants, and will meet virtually over Zoom. 

For registrants with children ages 0 - 2 years: 

  • Participants will attend with or without the baby. Meetings will run for 1.5 hours and will be held on weekday evenings or weekend mornings.

For registrants with children ages 1 – 5 years: 

  • Participants will attend without the child. Meetings will run for 1 hour and will be held on weekday lunchtimes or weekday evenings. 

The PEPS curriculum has been modified for this affinity program. Sample discussion topics include:

  • Successful Re-entry after Parental leave​  
  • Authenticity at Work 
  • Career Support
  • Guilt as a Working Mom
  • Self-care: Physical Health
  • Self-care: Emotional Health

Where: In the comfort of your own home! All PEPS programs and events are currently being offered virtually.

Registered participants will receive a Zoom link with a password to maintain the privacy and security of the call.


Registration for this pilot program is now closed. Are you interested in joining an Affinity program in the future or would like to suggest an affinity? Please fill in our interest form to be contacted about the next available series or other series we develop to connect families with similar interests.

Questions?
Call PEPS at (206) 547-8570 or email us at registration@peps.org.


(1) Source: Pulled from US. Census Bureau 2018 https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/05/the-choices-working-mothers-make.html

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