Author - Maria Ippolito

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The Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 2.3 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. For more information, visit

Fifteen signs of an excellent early childhood program

Finding the right early childhood program can be confusing and overwhelming.   Creating a wish list of what you hope your child will learn is a great place to start.  Do you want your child to: Cooperate with others? Learn to share? Improve physical skills? Gain confidence? Become a great reader? Solve math problems? Be creative? Learn about God’s love?  Enjoy school? Develop good habits?

When you start thinking about what you envision for your child, it can make the process easier. Th...

Posted on October 04, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Maria Ippolito

Building Character Through Catholic Schooling

In his New York Times article, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes and How Children Succeed, discusses the importance of character in determining the potential success of a student.  The article finds that the real ingredients for future success are not based solely on IQ, but are a combination of: “zest, grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, curiosity.” The article goes on to ask, “What is good character? Is it really...

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Maria Ippolito

Searching for the Right School for Your Family: Tips for school tours & more

Choosing a school for your child is a very important, though sometimes confusing, and even stressful decision for your family. There are many great options in the city and it can be a challenge to find the right fit for your child and your family.  A great place to start your search is to create a list of your “top 5” schools.  You can develop your “top 5” list in many ways, including talking to other parents, visiting websites and researching schools online, or using the NPN discussion bo...

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Maria Ippolito