Program funded: January 2015 – December 2016
New parents are encouraged to sign up now for the new groups forming in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace for parents of newborns and older infants. The non-profit Program for Early Parenting Support (PEPS) offers these groups at a reduced fee for families living within Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County’s boundaries, thanks to funding from Verdant.
In these groups, participants meet, share and learn in facilitated sessions. Each meeting includes a group discussion on a topic related to parenting as well as time for sharing parenting highs and lows and time for learning new songs and activities with the babies.
One PEPS parent recently shared that “the weekly appointment was something to look forward to, and it felt like a very safe space to share both positive and negative feelings.”
PEPS is well-established in other Puget Sound areas, but the organization began to expand in South Snohomish County recently, thanks to the Verdant grant.
PEPS families also can participate in a free ASQ developmental screening run by Parent Trust, which is also a Verdant-supported program.
As an organization, PEPS promotes five protective factors for family wellness: social connections, secure attachment, parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development and awareness of concrete resources supporting families.
Learn more about Verdant’s program with PEPS by visiting the PEPS website.
For more information, visit the PEPS website.