What We Do
We organize and facilitate community-based, peer support groups for new parents across the Triangle area in North Carolina.
Our support groups are based on the model designed by the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) in Seattle, WA and utilize the PEPS curriculum. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, singing songs to the babies, a time for parents to learn developmental games to play with their child, and a group discussion on a topic related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents. Groups discussions are led by a trained facilitator for 10 weeks and parents are encouraged to continue providing support for each other by continuing to gather for as long as they choose.
Our Three Support Groups
TAPS Newborn Groups
TAPS Newborn Groups bring together families with babies four months or younger. These groups meet in the homes of group members for about two hours each week. Daytime options are available for one parent to attend with their child and evening options for parents to attend are coming soon!
TAPS BabY GROUPS
TAPS Baby Groups is for one parent and their older infant, ages 4-12 months. Group participants meet, share and learn at one of several hosting sites across the Triangle. Toys are provided.
TAPS Weekend GroupS
TAPS Weekend Groups is for moms who would like to join a group but have limited or no maternity leave time. These groups meet on the weekend at one of our hosting sites. The babies typically range in ages from 6 weeks -12 months.
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 three types of 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 5-12 months. And our weekend group is for moms who have returned to work from their maternity leave and whose babies are under 12 months.
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, 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 and weekend groups are center based and are scheduled around the Triangle according to availability of our partner sites.
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.
We communicate with registered parents throughout the process of forming groups to make sure that you are placed in a group that works with your schedule. Invoices go out as soon as you confirm your place in a scheduled group. Then you'll wait for a note from your group facilitator with introduction information for your first meeting.
WHY DOES TAPS CHARGE A PROGRAM FEE?
TAPS uses program fees to pay for program expenses like coordination of groups, materials and training for our group facilitators, and marketing of group availability. Program fees don't cover all of our costs. If you loved your TAPS experience consider donating so we can keep our programs updated and continue to serve new parents in the Triangle.