A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

New PEPS Baby Peppers group starting at PNA next week

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

(PEPS) Program for Early Parent Support has a new Baby Peppers group starting next week at the Phinney Center. The class will meet from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s for one parent and their baby, age 5-12 months when the group starts.

PEPS groups are led by a trained facilitator, who helps parents connect with each other, and develop a healthy bond with their baby. Financial assistance is available.

See the PEPS website for more information and to register.

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‘The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad’ at Naked City Brewery June 20

May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) presents the second annual “The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

New Dad? About to become one? Grab yourself some dinner and a drink, take a seat and listen to our panel of local dads talk through the trials and tribulations of being a new Dad and give tips on how to handle the challenges and enjoy the ride. These local dads will provide great information in a fun and informal environment. Topics may include:
• How to survive on no sleep (and tips for maybe getting some)
• Building your parenting community/Finding your tribe
• Keeping your marriage strong after baby comes
• Mistakes you will make the first year
• Managing work and family
• Unique ways Dads interact with and form bonds with their babies

Register to attend through Brown Paper Tickets (suggested admission is $15 but is pay-what-you-can). Attendees pay for their own food and drink.

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Spring PEPS groups starting in the neighborhood

April 6th, 2016 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting up its spring sessions in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Second Time Around
Space is available for parents and babies in the upcoming Second Time Around Group that starts April 6 in Phinney Ridge at the Illuminations Learning Studio. Second Time Around is a PEPS Group that focuses on the newborn in a family that has one or more older children. One parent attends with the newborn 0-4 months old. Group participants meet, share and learn in facilitated sessions with a trained leader. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies’ development and a discussion topic. Meetings also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents.

Little Peppers
Space is available for parents, toddlers and babies in the upcoming Little Peppers Group that starts April 12 in Greenwood at All That Dance. Little Peppers is for families with two children ages 3 and under. Group participants meet, share and learn in sessions led by a professional facilitator, who is assisted by a trained Wondersitter childcare provider. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies’ development and a discussion topic. Babies and children remain in the room with their parents for the entire meeting – which makes for quite a busy and exciting time!

PEPS Newborn Groups
The PEPS Newborn program is for new parents with their babies 0-4 months old. Groups meet in the homes of groups members for 12 weeks (or in community locations in some areas), during the day with one parent attending, or in the evening with one or both parents. Find groups starting in your area in April, or plan ahead by registering for a group starting summer or fall.

Adjusting to Parenthood
Adjusting to Parenthood is a support group that offers additional support for the emotional changes and challenges of adapting to parenthood. It offers a supportive environment in which the full range of postpartum experiences is welcomed and the everyday realities of being a new mom are understood. If you could use a little extra support in addition to your PEPS Group, consider attending one of these drop-in sessions, which are facilitated by professional therapists. The drop-in fee is $10 or pay what you can per session.

Financial assistance is available for PEPS programs.

While You’re Waiting
Find out about PEPS at a While You’re Waiting meeting. Every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteer Leader Training
Volunteer leaders find joy and satisfaction in helping new parents connect and share through their PEPS groups. Leaders commit to 12 consecutive weeks (fewer if co-leading with a friend, spouse or partner). A 4-hour training session explains the structure of a PEPS meeting and provides practice with active listening, group dynamics, planning and facilitating topic discussions. We offer monthly leader trainings at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Contact Cate Palmer at catep@peps.org with questions or to sign up for training.

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PEPS groups starting in fall in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

August 13th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) groups are starting again in the fall at two locations in Phinney Ridge and one in Greenwood. (Newborn Groups are available for registration at any time.)

Second Time Around runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 8-Nov. 17, 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.; and from 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9-Nov. at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N.

Second Time Around is a PEPS Group that focuses on the newborn in a family that has one or more older children. One parent attends with the newborn 0-4 months old. Group participants meet, share and learn in facilitated sessions with a trained leader. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies’ development and a discussion topic. Meetings also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents. The program fee for Second Time Around is $155 for the 11-week session. Financial assistance is available. Register at http://www.peps.org/programs/by-region/seattle/second-time-around.

Baby Peppers meets from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 2-Nov. 11; and from 12-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 23-Dec. 10, both at the Phinney Center.

Baby Peppers is a PEPS group for one parent and their older baby, ages 5-12 months. Group participants meet, share and learn in facilitated sessions with a trained leader. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies’ development and a discussion topic. Meetings also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents. The program fee for Baby Peppers is $155 for the 11-week session. Financial assistance is available. Register at http://www.peps.org/programs/by-region/seattle/baby-peppers

Little Peppers will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 29-Dec. 8, at All That Dance, 320 N. 85th St.

Little Peppers is designed for families with two children ages 3 and under. Group participants meet, share and learn in sessions led by a professional facilitator, who is assisted by a trained Wondersitter childcare provider. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies’ development and a discussion topic. Babies and children remain in the room with their parents for the entire meeting – which makes for quite a busy and exciting time! The program fee for Little Peppers is $200 for the 11-week session. Financial assistance is available. Register at http://www.peps.org/programs/by-region/seattle/little%20peppers.

Expectant parents can learn more about PEPS at drop-in While You’re Waiting sessions at the Phinney Center at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Oct. 14.

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2 PEPS groups in Phinney Ridge starting soon

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting two sessions for new and second-time parents in Phinney Ridge in the next few weeks.

Second Time Around begins on April 8 at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for parents with a newborn 0-4 months and one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby, with a topic discussion related to a growing family with a focus on the newborn. This group meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

Baby Peppers starts April 15 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-1:30 p.m. This group is for one parent and a baby 5-12 months. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for socializing and connecting with other parents, as well as time to focus on baby’s development. Toys are provided. Meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

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Registration now open for PEPS programs in Phinney starting in September

August 27th, 2013 by Doree

Registration is open for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) programs in Phinney Ridge beginning in September.

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. The Phinney Group meets at the PNA once a week for 11 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. starting September 26.

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. The Phinney Group meets once a week for 11 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting September 18 at Linda Brooks Photography Studio.

And, for new and expectant parents who are interested in PEPS neighborhood-based Newborn Groups, the next While You’re Waiting Drop-In Session will take place at PNA on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-8p.m. Attending a While You’re Waiting Information Session is a great way to meet other new and expectant parents and talk about the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood. These drop-in sessions give attendees a chance to sample the PEPS experience and to get their questions answered about PEPS Groups.

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PEPS registration open for groups beginning in January at PNA

December 11th, 2012 by Doree

Registration is now open for weekly groups of PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) starting in January at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

For expectant parents who are interested in a PEPS Newborn Group, the next Phinney PEPS Orientation will take place on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Orientations are a great way for new and expecting parents to sample the PEPS experience, find out everything they need to know about PEPS and meet other new and expecting parents from the neighborhood. There’s no need to register and people are welcome to come with babies in arms. There is more information and dates and times for other orientations taking place throughout the month in other locations here: http://www.peps.org/programs/expecting/orientation

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. Groups meet once a week for 11 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Starting January 17. More information is available at http://www.peps.org/programs/infants/baby-peppers

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. Groups meet once a week for 11 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting January 16. More information is available at http://www.peps.org/programs/siblings/second-time-around.

In 2012, PEPS launched “PEPS for Dads” – a PEPS group specifically for primary caregiver dads. The group is open to dads who are primary caregivers with babies 0-12 months old and meets weekly at Twirl Café on Queen Anne. The next session starts January 14 and meets on Mondays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. for 11 weeks. For more information and to register, visit http://www.peps.org/programs/infants/dads-group

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PEPS orientation Wednesday at the PNA

June 9th, 2012 by Doree

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) is hosting an orientation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, for parents of newborns. Registration also is open for PEPS’ summer programs Baby Peppers and Second Time Around.

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. starting July 12.

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting July 11.

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PEPS Orientation on Wednesday at Phinney Neighborhood Center, new groups starting for older babies, second time around

March 13th, 2012 by Doree

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) is holding an orientation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for new and expecting parents to see what PEPS is all about. Babies in arms are welcome at the orientation.

And two new PEPS classes, including one for older babies, will start in April at the PNA. Registration is open now for Baby Peppers and Second Time Around.

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. Groups meet once a week for 11 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. starting April 5. More information is available athttp://www.peps.org/programs/infants/baby-peppers

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. Groups meet once a week for 11 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 11. More information is available athttp://www.peps.org/programs/siblings/second-time-around

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