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The best Chicago street fests for families

Do Division photo courtesy of Rep3

Summer is nearly here! In Chicago, that means plenty of cheap or free to entertain your kids outside in the glorious sunshine, especially at our city's ubiquitous summer street fests. Some fests are more family-friendly than others, so which outdoor bashes are best for bringing the little ones?

Mommy Nearest writer Rene Ryan came up with a fantastic list of the top 8 Chicago summer festivals for families, and she covers neighborhoods all over the c...

Posted on May 04, 2017 at 1:14 PM by Laura Baginski

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

Our March 26 Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:

1. P...

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski

Write for the next Parent to Parent newsletter | NPNparents.org

Chicago winters can be challenging for little ones who want to play outside—and for parents trying to come up with activities to keep their kids busy! Luckily, the January issue of Parent to Parent is full of ideas for fun at-home activities and ways to beat the winter blues. If you haven't received the issue in your mailbox yet, you will very soon!

We're already working on collecting stories from our members for our next issue, which comes out in May. Contribute your personal parenting st...

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 4:37 PM by Laura Baginski

Exclusive discount for Sprouts Academy Preschool | NPNparents.org

 

*PARENT PERK BY SPROUTS ACADEMY*

Sprouts Academy Preschool has taken a very unique approach to education. It is here that children ages 2 to 6 years old learn how to engage in a healthy and responsible lifestyle through daily exposure to learning projects, natural living green alternatives, harvesting school-grown food for healthy cooking and eating, as well as by taking a socially responsible stance in their environment, both within the school as well as the community around them...

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM by Laura Baginski

Keep your kids active this winter! | NPNparents.org

 

*PARENT PERK BY LIL' KICKERS*
 

Step onto the field during any Lil' Kickers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will lead your child through 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities.

Because Lil' Kickers is first and foremost a child development program, our focus is helping your child build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on...

Posted on January 02, 2017 at 7:48 AM by Laura Baginski

The 10 most-read NPN forum threads of 2016 | NPNparents.org

However you feel about the events of 2016, you can't say it was boring. NPN members on our discussion forum certainly reflected the year's tensions, drama and uncertainties, posting questions and comments about everything from the presidential election to the CPS teachers' strike that wasn't to concerns about violence in their neighborhood.

But many of the most popular posts on our forums also highlight the perennial issues of being a parent in Chicago: Is my neighborhood school any go...

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Laura Baginski

The 5 most popular NPN blog posts of 2016 | NPNparents.org

The most popular posts on the NPN blog this year had nothing to do with the presidential election, Prince or Angelina and Brad's divorce. Instead, they revolved around classic issues parents have been dealing with for ages: caring for special-needs kids, preschool, teachers' strikes and generally just trying to make raising kids in Chicago a bit easier.

5. The 1 essential skill kids should learn in preschool: Their ABCs? Colors? Shapes? Nope, nope and nope.

4. Childcare during the C...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM by Laura Baginski

Finding support, advice & childcare just got easier! | NPNparents.org

You asked and we answered: Introducing the new and improved NPN forums! You'll find they're easier to navigate, much more user-friendly (especially on your phone), and full of cool new bells and whistles. Now it's so much easier to get support, advice, a nanny or nanny share on main discussion forum and childcare classifieds! Let's take a tour of these new features, shall we?

1. Improved search function. Not only is the search function more powerful, yielding more relevant results, b...

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair: Know before you go

The NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sunday, Oct. 16, in order to have a great school search experience. (Haven't registered yet? There are still a few spots left! Register here.)

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring wi...

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

A primer on elementary school terms | NPNparents.org

It’s your kids who are starting school, but for many parents searching for schools feels like being in the classroom all over again! You’re taking notes on various schools, coming across brand-new terms you’ve never seen before and—gasp!—maybe even compiling a spreadsheet to keep everything straight. 

It’s overwhelming, and the urge to play hooky to escape all this is tempting. But we at NPN are here to ease some of the anxiety that comes with finding the right school for your child wi...

Posted on October 03, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski