Northwest NEWS

July 8, 2002

Features

Community support available for new parents

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) has announced it has new neighborhood groups for parents with newborns now forming in Carnation and Duvall.
   PEPS still has openings for new participants. In Seattle the PEPS program is so popular it was voted "Best Way to Survive a Newborn" in the 2000 Seattle Weekly reader poll.
   Groups of 10-12 parents meet weekly for four months in members' homes for parent-to-parent discussion and child interaction in an environment of mutual support and shared resources and information. Trained parent volunteers facilitate discussion topics that include feeding, crying, sleeping, childcare, and childproofing. Parents also learn to interact with their child through songs and activities.
   For nearly 20 years, PEPS has been working to reduce parental isolation and prevent child abuse. The mission is to provide community-based programs that enable parents of infants and young children to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and shared information. An affiliate of United Way, PEPS provides community-based programs throughout King County.
   For more information, call Kaarsten Wisnock, Resource Development Director, at (206) 547-8570.
   PEPS also has ongoing community groups for parents with children age zero to three years old.
   Groups meet weekly for two-hour drop-in sessions at local community centers throughout King County. A trained PEPS staff member facilitates group discussions, activity time, songs and games for parents and children.