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PEP Family Resiliency Program
Resources for MCPS Community Schools

An MTSS Tier 2 program that strengthens parenting skills and
connections to better support children’s mental wellness and resiliency.

What: FREE 8-week program for parents and caregivers to support your child’s mental wellness, resiliency, and success in school! Parents who complete at least 5 classes and the evaluation session will earn a $50 gift card (one per household).

Who (Community Schools): Any parent/caregiver

Who (Non-Community Schools): Any parent/caregiver with a referral* from a school staff member
*MCPS should refer parents/caregivers whose children are struggling or challenged by stress/anxiety, particularly families of color or from historically marginalized communities. Referral code is WINTER or INVIERNO.

When: Classes start the week of March 4, 2024 and are typically on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays.

Where: On Zoom! Some schools may have their classes in person. See FAQs for more details.

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Free Parenting Class for Parents/Caregivers! Learn tools to help your children handle stress and setbacks. Join the nonprofit PEP’s (Parent Encouragement Program) free 8-week online program for parents/caregivers of children aged 5-18, in English, Spanish, or Amharic. Learn to support your children’s mental wellness and resiliency and connect with other parents. Complete at least 5 sessions and the evaluation to receive a $50 gift card. Classes start in March, register today:

Spanish / español

¡Clase gratuita de educación para padres y cuidadores! Aprenda herramientas para ayudar a sus hijos a manejar el estrés y los contratiempos. Únase al programa gratuito de 8 semanas en línea de la organización sin fines de lucro PEP (Parent Encouragement Program), para padres/cuidadores de niños de 5 a 18 años, en inglés, español o amárico. Aprenda a apoyar el bienestar mental y la resiliencia de sus hijos y conéctese con otros padres. Completa al menos 5 sesiones y la evaluación para recibir una tarjeta de regalo de $50. Las clases comienzan en marzo, inscríbase hoy:

Amharic / አማርኛ

ነፃ የወላጅነት ክፍል ለቤተሰቦች! ልጆችዎ ጭንቀትን እና እንቅፋቶችን እንዲቋቋሙ የሚያግዙ መሳሪያዎችን ይማሩ። ለትርፍ ያልተቋቋመውን PEP (የወላጅ ማበረታቻ ፕሮግራም) ነፃ የ8-ሳምንት የመስመር(ኦን ላየን) ላይ ፕሮግራም ለወላጆች/ከ5-18 አመት እድሜ ያላቸው ልጆች ተንከባካቢዎች በእንግሊዝኛ፣ በስፓኒሽ ወይም በአማርኛ ይቀላቀሉ። የልጆቻችሁን አእምሯዊ ጤንነት፣ የትምህርት ቤት ስኬት እና ጥንካሬን መደገፍ ይማሩ። ከሌሎች ወላጆች ጋር ይገናኙ፣ እና ቢያንስ 5 ክፍሎች እና ግምገማው በመውሰድ የ50 ዶላር የስጦታ ካርድ ያግኙ። ክፍሎች በመጋቢት ውስጥ ይጀምራሉ, ዛሬ ይመዝገቡ:


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Join PEP’s free 8-week virtual class for parents/caregivers of children (5-18). Learn to help support your child’s mental wellness, school success, and connect with fellow parents. Classes start in March. Earn a $50 gift card for going to at least 5 classes and the evaluation.

Spanish / español

Únase a la clase virtual gratuita de 8 semanas de PEP para padres/cuidadores de niños (5-18 años). Aprenda a ayudar a apoyar el bienestar mental, el éxito escolar y conéctese con otros padres. Las clases comienzan en marzo. Obtenga una tarjeta de regalo de $50 por asistir al menos a 5 clases y a la evaluación.

Amharic / አማርኛ

ለወላጆች/ለልጆች ተንከባካቢዎች (5-18) የ PEPን ነፃ የ8-ሳምንት ኦንላየን (online) ክፍል ይቀላቀሉ። የአእምሮ ጤንነትን፣ የትምህርት ቤት ስኬትን እና ከወላጆች ጋር በመገናኘት ተማሩ። ትምህርቶች በመጋቢት(ማርች) ውስጥ ይጀምራሉ. ቢያንስ ወደ 5 ክፍሎች በመሄድ እና ግምገማውን በመውሰድ የ50 ዶላር የስጦታ ካርድ ያግኙ።

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Registration link

MCPS Community Schools: No referral code needed.

Non-Community Schools: Please refer parents and caregivers to this program using the referral code WINTER or INVIERNO

Community Schools: Download flyers in English, Spanish, Amharic




Non-Community School Flyers: Download flyers in English, Spanish, and Amharic

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How the programs works:

Classes in English, Spanish, and Amharic will be offered on select evenings starting the week of March 4, 2024.

Classes will meet 1 night a week for 8 weeks starting the week of March 4, 2024.

Class Topics by Week:

    1. How to Manage Change and Transitions
    2. Raising More Motivated and Cooperative Kids
    3. Emotion Coaching—Responding to Your Child’s Strong Emotions
    4. Understanding and Supporting Children’s Mental Health Needs Part 1
    5. Understanding and Supporting Children’s Mental Health Needs Part 2
    6. When to Set Limits and When to Let Go
    7. Managing Your Anger When It Flares
    8. Evaluation. Participants who complete at least 5 program sessions and the evaluation session on week 8 receive a $50 gift card (one per household)
Classes will meet online via Zoom, with a short video presentation followed by a group discussion led by a PEP facilitator.


Is PEP authorized to work with MCPS?

Yes. PEP has a current memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MCPS.

Is the Preschool Education Program (also known as PEP) affiliated with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)?

No. They are two separate entities that happen to share the same acronym. The Parent Encouragement Program is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has operated in Montgomery County since 1982. Learn more about us here.

Is there a fee or cost for schools to have their parents participate?

There is no fee or cost for schools to encourage their families to participate in PEP-FRP. The program is completely free to MCPS and families thanks to funding from the ​​Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports, the State of Maryland, and other individual donors. Learn more about this grant and how it impacts MCPS.

How do I bring PEP-FRP to my school for an in-person program?

We are able to offer a limited number of in-person PEP-FRP programs for MCPS schools. The requirements for in-person classes include having available space to hold the program, the ability to register about 30-35 individuals, snacks/coffee, and access to a screen/smart board. If you do not think your school could meet these requirements, you can still promote the program to your parents to take the class online on the day of their choosing – or you can recommend a specific date encourage parents from your school to be in the same group.

Please reach out to us to start a discussion on this. Contact Mindy, PEP’s Associate Director at

What languages are offered? Are they translated?
We offer our classes in English, Spanish, or Amharic (discussion and written materials in Amharic, instructional video in English). We do not do simultaneous translation due to the nature of the program.
Can more than 1 parent in a household participate?
Yes, multiple parents and caregivers can join the class, however, only one $50 gift card is available per household.
How do parents and caregivers participate?

Our classes are held on Zoom and parents are able to access the class on their phones, laptops, iPads, or desktop computers. We are able to offer the classes in-person, please reach out to us to start a discussion.

How big are the classes?
Classes are kept to a maximum of 25 participants to encourage an interactive discussion among all participants.
Who are the facilitators of the groups?
The PEP-FRP programs are peer-led. All of our facilitators are parents or guardians and have trained with PEP to conduct the program. Our Spanish language and Amharic language groups are led by native speakers of each language.
How can we learn more?

Please reach out to us to get your questions answered. Contact Mindy, PEP’s Associate Director at

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