Helping Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic
"This webinar addressed many of the feelings that I am experiencing during the coronavirus and made me feel that I am strong and capable in these troubling, uncertain circumstances."– a PEP Webinar Participant
To help parents navigate the pandemic, PEP:
- Provided weekly support to over 5,000 parents in the early months of the pandemic with a free 11-webinar series, Parenting Support During the Coronavirus.
- Provided support to Latino parents through our free webinars and online parenting support groups in Spanish
- Reached thousands of parents through our podcast series Parenting with PEP During the Pandemic and regular articles in Washington Parent magazine
- Made all PEP online programs in the spring available at half price
- Saw growth in online program users from 2,900 in early March to over 9,000 by the end of the year.
Programs for Latino Families
"These workshops have helped me a lot to be a better mom and have a better way with my children. A lot of times we think that we have to discipline children with (yelling), but these sessions have helped me remember that children are educated with love, and that they understand things well with more gentle words." – a Latina mom from a PEP class
Last year, PEP entered Year 3 of our partnership with Linkages to Learning to offer parenting classes in Spanish for Latino parents, with funding from Montgomery County and individual donors. The program will continue in FY21, and, PEP is forming new partnerships with groups like Identity to serve even more Latino parents in the region.
Reaching Parents in the Workplace and at Schools.
"I've taken a number of the PEP classes … and they have truly been life-changing. As a full-time working single parent of 2 young kids, implementing many of the PEP techniques have ameliorated my relationships with my children and made me into a better parent (and person). I am incredibly grateful for PEP and USAID providing us this opportunity." – a USAID Parent
In FY20, PEP launched its new strategic direction of working with more employers, schools, and organizations to help them serve their parent constituencies. Check out below some of groups we’ve worked with in the past year.
Programs for the General Public
"PEP has completely changed my perspective on parenting. I have seen improvements by using the tools provided and am looking forward to implementing more in the future." – a PEP Preschoolers Class Participant
PEP continued to offer its parenting programs direct to parents, both online and in-person (pre-pandemic). We held in-person multi-session classes in the fall and winter, and monthly webinars and online master classes throughout the year that attracted nearly 1,800 enrollees.
Our Work Continues...
"To see with the eyes of another, to hear with the ears of another, to feel with the heart of another... this seems to me an admissible definition of what we call social feeling." — Alfred Adler
In 2020, the country faced the reality of systemic racism as evidenced through police violence against unarmed Black people and racial health care disparities. In June, PEP issued a statement expressing our commitment to hold ourselves to a new standard of inclusion in PEP’s programmatic work and at all levels of the organization. In July, PEP began an organization-wide learning and listening dialogue that included PEP parent educators, board members and staff. PEP hosted free webinars in Fall 2020 for families seeking guidance on how to talk to their children about racism and cultivating racial and cultural awareness, with more webinars planned for 2021. In addition to continuing this work in 2021 and beyond, we are also committed to reviewing more broadly PEP’s curriculum and leader development with a racial equity lens, and to seeking more partners that serve families of color.