September e-news from PEPS
Greetings, PEPS family!

Fall is my favorite time of year and this year the transition to a new season is exceptionally big for me. My family and I have made the move back to Oklahoma, to our “roots,” and I am saying a loving farewell to PEPS this week.

My time here has been so meaningful and I have learned so much about community and togetherness. I have worked alongside the most stellar team of staff, board, volunteers and supporters to be a part of a truly transformational time for this very special organization. I could not be more proud to have been a part of this community and I can’t wait to follow and support the exciting work of PEPS to come! If there is anything you need during this transition, please do not hesitate to reach out to the PEPS Acting Executive Director, Dana Guy, at

As you transition into fall, I wish you connection to your “roots.” Whether that is a text to an old friend, a FaceTime call with your mom or dad, or a visit to somewhere meaningful to you, connection to people and places can really fill us up.

Grab your favorite warm drink and take a cozy moment to check out the great content below. It has been an honor getting to be a part of your lives these last several years.

Jessica Lawmaster
Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director
Inspiration & Resources
Returning to the Workforce: Setting Your Family up for...

Going back to work after baby can be challenging when you've been gone for a few months. What about if you take a longer period off to care for your children? What's it like to go back then? We talked to six local parents who've been there,...

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Child Passenger Safety Guidelines

Child passenger safety guidelines were recently updated in Washington state. Read on to learn more about how we can best protect children in vehicles...

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What PEPS parents are saying…

“…Having my own child and participating in PEPS brought to light the notion that you have to be nurtured in order to nurture a child regardless of who you are.” – PEPS Group Leader, January 2019   
From "Mompreneur" to CEO - an Entrepreneur's Story

My son, like many babies, liked to toss his sippy cup. I, like most parents, got tired of chasing it. Life was very different back in 2005. The internet was there, but it wasn’t the e-commerce megastore it is today with every single product...

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Watch this Video: Learn How to Put Together Your Own DIY Home Emergency Preparedness Kit
From Diapers to Diplomas

Vacations are over, cooler days are ahead, and the beginning of the new school year is here. Find out how you can prepare for when your child is ready for college...

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Oh, Baby!
Everything you need to know, but were too sleep deprived to ask! Get ParentMap's go-to local guide to the Eastside for new parents and parents-to-be.
PEPS is Hiring!
PEPS is searching for a passionate and innovative fundraising professional to join our growing Development team! If you are passionate about parent support, connecting and engaging with donors, and excel at juggling multiple projects, this could be the job for you! 

Learn more here. Please apply by September 20, 2019.
Calendar of Events
Saturday, Sept 14
4 – 6pm
Hosted by Baby Diaper Service, Thresholds & PEPS
Tuesday, Sept 17
7 – 8:30pm
Thriving Families: The Intersections of Race & Disability
Hosted by Amara, FOCS & PEPS
Saturday, Oct 12
11am - 1pm

Wednesday, Oct 23 6:30 – 8pm
2018 Year in Review
Over the last year, the PEPS Board and Staff have worked together to develop a new mission and vision and lived deeply into our values of connection, inclusion, and innovation. We learned from our communities about how we can adapt to be more inclusive, made our programming more culturally responsive, and served more than 3,700 parents! 

Read more from the PEPS Annual Report here.
2018 Outcomes Summary
One of the ways PEPS measures impact is by asking parents about their levels of support in our pre- and post-group surveys.

More than 80% of parents surveyed in 2018 agree that PEPS helped them learn about postpartum mood disorders, to normalize mixed feelings, understand child development, feel less isolated, spend enjoyable time with their baby, and meet other parents to relate to.

Read more in this Outcomes Summary .
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