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Dear PEPS Community,

It is July, the official month that summer in Seattle begins, and it has certainly not been summer as usual. 2020 has been full of adapting and re-imagining.

Since March, we have hosted more than 300 families in virtual PEPS groups, and have made the decision to offer all PEPS groups virtually for the remainder of the year. We have invested in supporting our incredible Group Leaders as they hold space for new parents to come together. We have launched a pilot series for expectant parents (welcoming a second cohort this week!).
 
In June, our staff came together to strategize how to deepen our commitment to racial equity. We acknowledge that we have been complicit to and benefited from systemic racism and inequities in our community, and we are committed to a path forward with more action and accountability. To start, we are providing every parent who participates in a PEPS Group with tools and resources for raising anti-racist children and advanced facilitation training and support to our Group Leaders to strengthen their ability to lead these conversations.

We will continue to listen, learn, and dismantle white supremacy when it is showing up in our programming and organization. And PEPS will not stay neutral about the need for policy and systemic change. We will use our power and voice to advocate for parents and families in our region who are facing the most disparities.

We have more work to do. Please consider this an open invitation to share your ideas, ways we can improve, and how we may have missed the mark or let you down. While this year has brought forth many challenges, it has also driven us to innovate the ways PEPS can show up for parents in our community and I am honored to lead that work forward.

With gratitude,
Dana Guy
Executive Director
Resources & Inspiration
Coronavirus is a Social Justice Issue

A woman of color reflects on her privilege to discover the deep anxieties, fear, and grief conjured up by the pandemic and comes out on the other side with feelings of hope and ideas on how to take action...(Estimated reading time: 6 mins)

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How Mindfulness Is Helping Me Through This Pandemic

Hear how one local parent, trained facilitator, and mindful parenting guru uses mindfulness practices to help her through these groundhog days of parenting, one breath at a time...(Estimated reading time: 6 mins)

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Do you know of a PEPS Group Leader whose leadership and support in a PEPS Group exemplifies the PEPS mission to connect parents to strengthen families and build community? Nominate them for the Spirit of PEPS Award here!
Pregnant? Here's What You Should Know About the Coronavirus

Expectant parents are filled with anxiety and questions as an outcome of the coronavirus pandemic. Two doctors from the University of Washington School of Medicine share what they know ... (Estimated reading time: 5 mins)

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2 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe In and Around Water

When it comes to playing in and around the water, there are two things families can do to keep children and adults safe and save lives...(Estimated reading time: 3 mins)

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See what more you can do.

Tracy Cutchlow, award-winning author and current PEPS Board member, recently reflected on a personal experience with racism, sharing what it's taught her about being part of the solution - and raising her child to be anti-racist. Read her blog piece, We, the parents of young children, bend the arc toward justice .

Thank you to Tracy for writing and sharing so openly and with vulnerability!
The Healing Power of Community

Experiencing racism at work, school, and in the daily news cycle can be traumatic. Finding hope through community connection can bring healing.

Watch the recent conversation, hosted by ParentMap, between Christine Tang, Executive Director of FOCS - Families Of Color Seattle and Deb Grover of Community of Mindful Parenting, on the healing power of community and learn about resources to help children and families of color survive - and thrive - in these difficult times.

To learn more on ParentMap events featuring parenting experts in insightful and engaging discussion, visit and to register for upcoming virtual events, visit ParentEd Talks.
first PEPS Connecting the Expecting pilot for expectant parents
Connecting the Expecting

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the very first PEPS Connecting the Expecting pilot for expectant parents that wrapped up a 6-week series at the end of June!⁠ This group of expectant parents shared how much they enjoyed learning and having the opportunity to connect with one another.

Each week's discussion was led by a trained facilitator and covered topics on preparing for baby's arrival, childcare and self care, and how to navigate parenting partnerships. ⁠ ⁠

Interested in joining an upcoming session, solo or with a partner? Fill in an interest form to be contacted for the next available FREE, 6-week drop-in series.
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