Greetings, PEPS family!

The last few weeks have been a wild ride for our community. It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we were sending out the message that we were putting a pause on in-person PEPS group meetings and pivoting to hosting virtual PEPS Groups instead. Our Development team was simultaneously sending out a message to 550+ guests that we were cancelling our annual fundraising Luncheon. Through these challenges, the PEPS Community has shown up in incredible ways.

Connecting parents to strengthen families and build community is our mission, and while our community is facing unprecedented challenges, that mission doesn’t change. Instead, it requires us to approach the work in new ways. On March 4, our Program team reached out to PEPS Group Leaders and many of them were ready and willing to switch gears and start leading groups remotely. Our team provided ideas and guidance for doing this and these Group Leaders have been sharing tips and tricks with one another on how to make it work. We know it’s not perfect and of course, we’d prefer in-person connection, but this situation calls for all of us to adapt in extraordinary ways.

Our Development team switched gears from planning an in-person event to rolling out a virtual campaign . The PEPS Community responded and donated more than $85,000! THANK YOU! Some of this money came from folks who were planning to attend, and lots also came from people who heard about this situation and wanted to help. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal, and we are in awe of the generosity you’ve shown.

PEPS Staff, like everyone in the community, are now adjusting to this new normal; working from home and trying to find ways to build connection into their lives. As we move forward, we’ll continue to adapt and find creative ways to provide support and community during a time of social distancing. We’re fervently committed to being there for families and are grateful for all of you who support our work.

With gratitude,
Signature of Dana Guy, Executive Director of Program for Early Parent Support
Dana Guy
Executive Director 
Resources & Inspiration
10 Brain-Building Games to Play With Baby

Quality interactions with loving caregivers are vital to cognitive development. Learn about ways to play with your baby to further assist this development...(Estimated reading time: 4 mins)

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Connection and Community During Uncertain Times

Bringing new parents out of isolation is critical to their health and well-being. Hear from a PEPS Community Connector, to hear how we’re striving to connect parents during this time of social distancing...(Estimated reading time: 4 mins)

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Reading with Your Child

Research has shown that the more words a baby hears, the better their vocabulary, communication, and social skills will be.  Dr. Betsy Browder shares helpful hints on how to make reading part of a daily routine...(Estimated reading time: 4 mins)

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Sleep & Learning: Why is Sleep so Important for Children

Children respond to a lack of sleep in wholly different ways than adults. Find out how sleep can impact a child’s memory, learning, and behavior – and what we can do about it...(Estimated reading time: 4 mins)

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Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About...

As COVID-19 continues to spread, adults, children, and teens are trying to make sense of what the outbreak means for their families and communities. Read on to learn ways to share info without causing more worry...(Estimated reading time: 5 mins)

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Selecting a Legal Guardian - Why, Who, and How

Local will and estate planning professional, Megan Gebhardt, shares with PEPS families the importance of selecting a legal guardian for your child...(Estimated reading time: 5 mins)

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Meet Brent and Betsy, Robyn, Emma, and Blanca

Watch this video and hear from these PEPS Group participants across our regions as they share about their PEPS experience.
Cultivating community

Listen in on this conversation between our new Executive Director, Dana Guy, and our Luncheon guest speaker, Sheila Capestany on what's coming next for PEPS and how to cultivate community in times of uncertainty.
Thank you PEPS Luncheon Sponsors

Our sponsors were critical in supporting the costs of the Luncheon and we ask that you please consider supporting these generous businesses and organizations.
Presenting Sponsors
Premier Sponsor
Champion Sponsors
Thank you to all of our event sponsors for helping to underwrite the Luncheon! 
What PEPS parents are saying…
“…I’m incredibly grateful to have a community of support as I navigate the ups and downs of first-time parenthood!...” – Erin E. (A former PEPS Group participant)