The PEPS experience strengthens families, increases family wellness, and prepares families to cope with life stresses by creating social, thriving neighborhood-based parent groups.
98% of PEPS groups are facilitated by volunteers-mothers and fathers who are deeply rooted in our community and passionate about supporting new parents through the first critical months of life with a new baby. Over 2,400 families rely on PEPS volunteers each year.
olunteer Group Leaders (facilitators) are what makes our model work. PEPS leaders are the best kind of experts: usually parents themselves, and also often grandparents, aunts or uncles.
PEPS facilitators are compassionate, empathetic, resourceful and real. They don't have all the answers, but they are passionate about helping parents generate ideas, find information and build neighborhood communities together.
Some leaders give back as a way of honoring their own PEPS experience. Many are new to PEPS. All tell us they find great joy and satisfaction in helping new parents connect and share through their PEPS groups.
We appreciate warm, sensitive communicators, who are accepting of varied child-rearing practices and diverse lifestyles. Interest in early childhood development, experience in education or facilitation, previous PEPS group participation, or being a parent yourself are welcome pluses.
Leaders commit to working with their group for 12 consecutive weeks, fewer if you choose to co-lead with a friend, spouse, partner, or colleague. PEPS provides specialized training and group leaders have access to experienced PEPS staff mentorship and a wealth of resources online.
Due to the current Pertussis outbreak in Western Washington, we require our volunteer group facilitators to be current with the Tdap vaccine booster. Getting vaccinated with Tdap at least two weeks before coming into close contact with an infant is advised.
It’s our job to help you have a wonderful, fun and rewarding experience as a leader. We’ve designed lots of resources and provide training and support all along the way.
- Child Development
- Child Care
- People Skills
- Group Facilitation
- Family Therapy
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2-4 hours per week