Category: Navigating Chicago Schools

Day Off Camps in Chicago!

CPS is out of school on Friday (11/7), Tuesday (11/11) and Wednesday (11/12). Forget the scrambling and sign your kiddo up for one of these awesome Day-Off camps in the city. 

One Strange Bird: Full Day, $75. Themes include amazing animals, illustrated stories and science & art (Bucktown). 

Source 4 Chicago: Full Day, $70. Themes include learning, community, dance, language, creativity and fun (Andersonville). 

Kids Science Labs: Full Day, $70. Themes include engaging scien...

Posted on November 05, 2014 at 7:15 PM by Christa Reed

School Fair - Know Before You Go

The NPN Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair presented by Bright Start College Savings is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sat. October 18th, in order to have a great school search experience.


Check out the Exhibitor List to see who will be exhibiting. 

Create your "Must-Visit" list of exhibitors. ***Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with NPN's My Director...

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Navigating the CPS School Search

If you missed our two CPS 101: Elementary Options seminars this Fall, here's a quick hit list of things to have on your radar at the beginning of the school search process.


Age requirements:  For Kindergarten - your child must be 5 by September 1st of the school year.  For Preschool - children must be 3 and fully potty-trained by Sept 1st of the school year.

Determine your neighborhood school:  Use the CPS School Locator. You are guaranteed Kindergarten admission a...

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Didi Lewis

NPN's My Directory: Your #1 School Search Tool

Need help finding the right school for your family? Look no further!  The NPN members-only My Directory has some amazing new features to make your daycare, preschool and elementary school search so much easier. Navigate your family's school search fast and easy from your home or office.

How does it work?

Make sure your NPN membership is active - RENEW or JOIN and log in

Search the online directory using the Keyword (e.g., Montessori) OR use the advanced search to find wha...

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN 2014 School Fairs: What to Expect and How to Prepare

School Fair season has arrived! Since Chicago School Search is so overwhelming and parents want to make the most of their School Fair visit, we are here to help you get ready! 

The fairs are set up as an expo with schools, enirchment programs, and childcare exhibitors set up in rows around the room.  Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, non-profits, and businesses with activities and services that cater to lit...

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

School Search Kickoff!

Whether it’s the first cool and rainy day with a hint of autumn, the end of Shark Week or the last falling star in the summer sky that trips your awareness, “back to school” time is here! For most of us as parents there is a bittersweet feeling to summer’s end.  Embarking on a school search can be an especially anxious time. Where should I begin? How will I know which is “the best” school? What if s/he doesn’t get in? I offer you the following tips:

Reflect on your own education.  What...

Posted on September 05, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Katy Buoscio

Skills Learned at Camp Prepare Children for School

As summer winds down, families adapt to another school year. During this time of anticipation and preparation, parents may enjoy taking a moment to reflect on the growth and development that has occurred in their children over the summer. For children who have attended a great camp, parents notice a multitude of skills learned over the summer.  Camp becomes a bridge between school years that keeps children on the path of learning and paves the way for success.

Campers develop a g...

Posted on September 04, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Lani Gerszonovicz

Top 10 Tips for Parents of New Students

Beginning school can be challenging for both parents and their children. It is often the first time a child will make friends with someone who is not a sibling, cousin or a neighbor. The friendships formed in pre-school can last a lifetime for both children and their parents. What a wonderful time it can be! The following tips will help ease all of you into your child’s new life as a student:

1. Talk about school. Share that there will be children to play with and some art and singing ...

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Mary Meyer School

Preparing Your Child and Family for Kindergarten

Are you a parent who has a child starting kindergarten in the fall?  Perhaps this is your first child going to kindergarten or this is your child’s first experience with a longer school day.  Not only does your child go through a transition when starting elementary school, but the entire family goes through a shift. 

This can be a very exciting time in a child’s life, as well for their family, yet it can also feel overwhelming and a bit scary.   Children all handle transitions differen...

Posted on June 09, 2014 at 11:00 AM by Allison Levine

Elementary School & Beyond

Just because your child(ren) started school, doesn't mean you necessarily have all of the answers. For over 34 years, NPN has been helping Chicago families connect with the resources they need to navigate city parenting, primarily focusing on pregnancy through preschool aged kids. However, we recognize that there are so many more questions and so many more trusted resources that NPN can provide as kids get a little older.

As the parent of a Kindergartener (with my second one only a yea...

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter