Newborn PEPS group facilitator (12 weeks commitment from start date)
Program for Early Parent Support
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 4000 families rely on PEPS volunteers each year.
Volunteer 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.The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly change.We are committed to finding creative ways to continue to connect and support parents during this very isolating time.PEPS groups are currently being conducted remotely and will continue to meet remotely through June after which we will reassess the situation.
While we cannot bring families together face to face, we still want to ensure that parents are connecting during this health crisis. Bringing new parents out of isolation is critical to their health and well-being.
We understand that you are at home with kids and other family members and navigating unique circumstances yourself. We are offering bi-weekly sessions to guide and train you with the online meeting portals and specifics. We are there to support you as needed.
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.
Groups meet for 2 hrs each week in the daytime [10-:30 - 12:30] or in the Evening [6:30 - 8:30], same day each week for 12 weeks. 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.
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.
About Program for Early Parent Support
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 324, Seattle, WA 98103, US
Enable parents of infants and young children to build communities that empower them to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and sharing of information.
PEPS provides support groups for parents of infants and young children. Our Newborn Program offers groups that are led by trained parent volunteers and meet in group participants' homes. Our programs for parents of older infants and toddlers are facilitated by paid staff and meet in various facilities within the participants' own communities.