Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A TAPS GROUP LIKE?
TAPS newborn groups meet for ten weeks in group members’ homes for about two hours each week. A volunteer group facilitator gets discussions started and provides local resources for group members during the ten weeks. Weekly gatherings include sharing time, songs and games for babies, and a discussion of a relevant parenting topic. Topics may include: Feeding, Sleeping, Emotional challenges, Postpartum Mood Disorders, Balancing Work and Family, and many more!
WHO CAN JOIN A TAPS GROUP?
TAPS currently offers groups for parents with children under 12 months old. Newborn groups are for parents and babies who are 0-16 weeks before the starting date of the group. TAPS Babies groups are for parents and babies who are 4-12 months. These groups can be scheduled for weekdays or weekends. Typically, our weekend groups have been for moms who have returned to work soon after baby is born. Weekend groups are also scheduled for both parents to meet together with other families.
We believe it is important to provide inclusive non-judgemental atmospheres of support. Parents have joined TAPS groups from all over the Triangle - Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Morrisville, Durham, Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Clayton and Raleigh! Our groups have included multi-racial families, adoptive families, blended families, and non-traditional families -- we hope that you will find your TAPS group is a place of safety and support as your make the transition to parenthood or add another member to your family!
WHERE DO TAPS GROUPS MEET?
Newborn TAPS groups meet in participants homes. Usually, the group leader will host the first meeting and each participant takes a turn hosting one week at a time. TAPS Babies groups meet at community host sites around the Triangle according to availability of our partner sites. We use several different sites in each region of the Triangle including chiropractic offices, churches, coffee shops, and even a furniture store. See some of our community partners here.
HOW DOES TAPS COORDINATE GROUPS?
When you sign up and pay your deposit, we add your name to our list of parents waiting for groups to start. Groups fill up based on baby's birth/due date, location, and the type of group you sign up for. Sometimes is takes a little while for a group to form. If you're ever curious about when your group will start, you can always send us a note or give us a call.
In 2018 we're starting groups each quarter. Registration deadlines for the remainder of the year are June 30th for the summer session and September 21st for our fall session. The earlier you register, the easier it is for us to create a group that will work for you! Registration is always open. Unless you indicate otherwise, all registered parents will remain on the wait list and receive information about upcoming groups until we find one that works for your schedule. When we create a new session of groups, we communicate with registered parents about the availability of groups and parents have the option to opt-in or opt-out. If you ever find that you can't make a group work, we're glad to keep you on the wait list for the next available group.
Our program coordinator works really hard to make sure that parents are placed into groups where all members live within a 20 minute drive of each other and have babies that are close in age. We feel that these two factors are key to helping you develop relationships that will grow into strong and beautiful supporting friendships lasting for many years.
Once you're placed in a group, your group leader will send you an introduction with information for your first meeting and then your group will start!
WHY DOES TAPS CHARGE A PROGRAM FEE?
TAPS uses program fees to pay for organizational expenses. We use funds to pay for administrative tasks like website upkeep and insurance and to do program related work like coordinate groups, communicate with group members, train group leaders, provide materials and support for group leaders, and market group availability.
We use a pay-what-you-can scaled program fee model that allows families to choose a fee on the scale from $50 - $155 so that our groups are accessible to everyone. We believe so strongly in the value of the group that we want to make sure that payment is never a reason to opt-out of joining.
Program fees don't cover all of our costs and TAPS is not funded by any state or federal grants. If you loved your TAPS experience consider donating so we can keep providing quality programming to new parents in the Triangle.