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PEP 1: Parenting 5 to 12 Year Olds, Spring 2020

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PLEASE NOTE: If circumstances, related to the outbreak of the coronavirus, call for moving this class online, delaying its start, or rescheduling it, PEP will refund your tuition 100 percent if you are no longer able to attend.

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Learn how a parent made changes at home as a result of this class.


Do you wonder how to raise your children to be responsible, respectful and trustworthy—all while getting dinner on the table? Do you worry about cyberspace, peer pressure and other facts of modern life? Parenting, while it brings much joy, is hard work. This class provides a sound framework for positive parenting and proven skills to understand and solve behavior problems. Learn how you can be closer and have more fun as a family while also motivating your children to be more cooperative, self-disciplined and successful.

Class Details:

  • Meets in person at the PEP Office, 10100 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895 (in Kensington Baptist Church on the corner of Connecticut and Dresden)
  • Tuesdays, April 14 - June 2, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Textbook: Parenting With Courage and Uncommon Sense by Linda E. Jessup and Emory Luce Baldwin Click this link to order: Order here.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancel at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the class to receive a refund minus a $15 administrative fee per person. Withdrawals after the first meeting, but before the second, receive a 75 percent tuition refund. There are no refunds after the second class meeting, unless the withdrawal is related to a change in the class format or schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak .

Cost: $279 per person, or $498 per couple registering together.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Get 20% off individual registrations and 10% off couple registrations by using the coupon code EARLYPEPONE when you check out. Early bird registration discount expires April 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Note: Should you require proof of attendance for any reason, please notify PEP by email: [email protected] before registering.

The Benefits of an In-Person Class

  • You are able to interact with your PEP Leaders and other parents face to face.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions in class and will have the contact information of your PEP Leaders for questions that come up between classes.
  • You will learn new parenting techniques and be able to practice them before you "debut" them at home.
  • You will learn from other parents that you are not the only person with an uncooperative child and learn many ways to win your child's cooperation.




Your Instructor


PEP  Leaders
PEP Leaders

PEP Leaders (what we call our parent educators) are first and foremost parents just like you. They started in PEP classes, looking for answers to their parenting questions. They found the PEP approach so helpful in their families that they trained to become a PEP parent educator. Your PEP Leaders have spent hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of hours in classes and training sessions as well as in on-the-job training in order to gain the skills to be working with you today.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What if I have to withdraw from the class? Will I get my money back?
If you cancel your registration at least 48 hours before the first class meeting, you will receive a refund minus an administrative fee of $15 per person per class. If you withdraw after that, but before the second meeting, we will refund 75% of the tuition. There will be no refunds after the second class meeting.
Can my spouse and I share a class? We both travel a lot and there will only be one of us at each meeting of the class.
No, each person planning on attending the class must be registered. We do offer a couple's discount to make two registrations more affordable.
I have to miss a few classes because of travel. What do I do about that?
You have a few options. If there is another PEP I class offered during the same term, you could attend the week's meeting of the class you missed at the other location. Or, you may make up two weeks of your class in the next term (Fall 2020 will be the next time PEP I is offered). One more option is to join the class remotely via a class participant's phone or ask someone to record the class for you (provided the rest of the class gives their permission to have it recorded). Talk to your PEP Leaders about it.
Do you offer scholarships?
Please email the PEP Office about scholarships or payment plans. Email [email protected] to set up a time to discuss your options.
I have a preschooler and a school age child. Which class should I take?
We recommend that you take the class that corresponds to the age of your more puzzling or challenging child.
What accommodations will PEP make regarding the coronavirus outbreak?
PEP is monitoring the coronavirus in the Washington, DC area. Should local health departments recommend that individuals avoid meeting in groups, PEP will work to take all in-person classes online via a webinar format or reschedule them.