Q. Why do you charge a fee for your programs?
A. PIP is a non-profit organization that depends on a mix of fees and contributions. Fees cover part of the cost of programs, with the balance underwritten through the generosity of past participants and others who believe in what we do. In order to continue to provide quality programming, we must charge a fee for our groups. Please click here to read more about why we charge a program fee. All Newborn PIPsqueaks Groups are $169 for the 10 weeks, and the Baby PIPsqueaks Groups and Second Time Around groups are $139 for 8 weeks. (This is per family, including spouses/partners who may wish to attend as well.)
Q. What if I am unable to pay the program fee, but would like to join a group?
A. If you feel you can not afford the program fee, please select the half scholarship fee ($84.50) or the full scholarship fee ($0) from the drop down menu of the group you wish to join. If you choose one of the scholarship options, the registration system will prompt you to provide a few pieces of additional information. Additionally, there is no fee to join one of the groups in our community-based program.
Q. How do I choose a start date?
A. For groups with a newborn, select a date that is 2-16 weeks after your baby's due date. Based on many years of experience working with new parents, this is the ideal time frame to start a Newborn Group. If you select a group that starts before two weeks past your due date, we may ask you to switch to a group that starts later. For Baby Groups, your baby should be 4-10 months old when the group begins.
Please register quickly if you are interested in joining to secure your spot.
Q. What's the difference between a daytime and evening group and how do I decide which best suits my family?
A. Some parents debate between attending a daytime group on their own, or attending an evening group with partners. Here are some of the key differences:
In daytime groups, one parent attends with the baby. In evening or weekend groups, most parents attend with partners and some parents attend solo.
Daytime groups are typically moms only, and many participants like being in this environment and feel that it encourages deeper sharing, intimacy and emotion. Most daytime groups have a mix of parents who stay home, work part-time and or work full-time. Daytime groups plan outside activities that may include partners in order to expand the community that PIPS helps to build.
Evening groups are often attended by partners, although some parents attend solo as single parents or because an evening group works better for their schedule. Many participants love the diverse perspectives brought in evening groups, including working parents and non-working parents. Evening groups tend to be laid back and social, and many families say that they like that the whole family belongs to the group. Evenings can sometimes be harder for the babies, who may be fussier during the meeting time.
Many people see the value in participating in two groups – one in the daytime solo and one in the evening with partners.
Q. When do the groups meet?
A. Newborn PIPsqueaks Groups meet once a week for 10 weeks. Baby PIPsqueaks Groups and Second Time Around Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks. We currently offer the choice between a daytime or an evening group, however we encourage group members to meet outside of the formal discussion sessions as well (for play dates, walks at the park, etc...). Daytime groups are typically attended by the primary caregivers (usually the mothers) and their babies. Evening groups are a good option for couples who would like to attend together, but each group varies in participation. For current daytime and evening openings, please visit the newborn, baby and second time around sign-up pages.
Q. Is there a PIPsqueaks Group in my neighborhood?
A. All open groups are listed on the signup pages. PIP places families together based on their location in Austin as well as their child's age. Group locations depend greatly on registration volume. We will always do our best to accommodate every family who signs up, no matter what neighborhood. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on upcoming groups.
Q. Where do the PIPsqueaks Group meetings take place?
A. Neighborhood-based group meetings usually take place in the group members' homes. The first meeting will be held in your facilitator's home. A signup sheet will be presented to the group at this time so that everyone has a chance to sign up to host one or more of the remaining sessions. We encourage all members to offer their homes, even if you believe it's a little too small. The cozier, the better! If you have a significant hindrance in hosting a group in your home, please indicate it during registration and talk with your facilitator and you can make arrangements to contribute to your new village in another way. Our community-based groups meet on site at one of our community partner locations.
Q: Are your groups for second (or third) time parents?
A: Our newborn neighborhood groups are primarily for new parents. PIP is running Second Time Around groups that are a great fit for moms making the transition to two! And our new community-based program is open to all moms with babies 0-6 months old.
Q: What is PIPs community-based program?
A: To further our mission of building a village for all new parents, PIP is piloting a series of groups based at local community partner sites. These drop-in groups are open to all parents with babies 0-6 months old and are completely free. Groups meet weekly at partner sites for 8-10 weeks (depending on the location) and are led by a trained facilitator. Participating families have the opportunity to share in the highs and lows of parenting and learn tips and resources through weekly topic discussions and guest speakers. Some groups are led in Spanish by a bilingual facilitator.
Q. Where does PIP get its funding?
A. PIP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We receive funding through donations from the community, our annual fundraiser(s), grants, sponsorships, and program fees.
Q. How can I help spread the word about your invaluable programming?
A. Thanks for asking!!! We have found that word of mouth has been one of the most effective marketing tools thus far and encourage you to 'Like' us on Facebook and share our website with your friends. Nextdoor.com is another great way to spread the word - simply post about your experience with PIP to all your neighbors. Please contact us if you would also like to place a yard sign in front of your house.
Q. Do you have a refund policy?
A. Yes, we at PIP understand that circumstances change. If you must cancel your participation, please notify us at least 15 days prior to the group start date to receive a refund of the program fee minus a $35 processing fee. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 15 days prior to the group start date or if you fail to attend the group.
PIP reserves the right to cancel a group if registration for each group does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If PIP cancels a group, we will first try to transfer your family to another group. If this is not possible, a full refund will be issued to all participants.
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