Apr. 27 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools. Starting with this first CPS board meeting preview, CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org.

The Chicago News Coopera...

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM by Crystal Yednak

Parent Perk Alert - Discounts on R&R!

It sure doesn't feel like summer yet. But rest assured the solstice is around the corner. Start your summer rest and relaxation a month early with these great Parent Perks discounts brought to you by the Chicago Humanities Festival and The American Club Resort Hotel at Kohler, Wisconsin.

Chicago Humanities Festival: Stages, Sights & Sounds - Save $10 off your ticket order to Kindur: The Adventurous Journey of Three Icelandic Sheep (ages 5 and up). Show dates are May 3rd through Ma...

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Ellie Ander

Chicago Humanities Festival - Upping the Ante

Don't miss our Kindur Ticket Giveaway - Read below & enter to win!!! Winners will be selected on Friday April 22nd. AND a special ticket discount perk just for NPN Members.

My son’s infinite capacity for curiosity is thrilling and scary. He is constantly upping the ante in his exploration of the world: before I can catch him, climbing to the top of the tallest playground slide at 18 months. At two, running into Lake Michigan’s waves no matter how many times they knock him down.


Posted on April 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM by Jara Kern

April Parent Perk Alert - Discounts on Babysitting!

As Parents, we all need a little free time. Check out this Parent Perk from K Grace Childcare and treat yourself to a date-night, or finally run those errands you've been putting off.

Choose Your Perk:

Take $20 off a single placement (generally $40)

Take $50 off each of your first three months of monthly services

Get a free month when you refer a monthly client (up to $100).  

Offers expire September 30, 2011. Contact K Grace Childcare at clientservices@kgrace...

Posted on April 08, 2011 at 9:53 AM by Ellie Ander

Spring Parent to Parent - Childcare

NPN's Parent to Parent is filled with the topics you need to navigate parenting in the city. Spring is all about Childcare, family relationships, and making the most of the city.  Download the full issue and get all of these great articles!  We want to hear from you - email us what you want to read more about! . 


NannyShare Chicago: By Sarah Davis, NPN member since 2004, Board member since 2009

If you are pregnant or have a newborn, you probably have heard about a N...

Posted on April 06, 2011 at 9:52 PM by Jill Chukerman Test

Hosting an Au Pair- Is it the right choice for your family?

Have you heard of an au pair? Do you know how the au pair program works?  Personally, I knew next to nothing about au pairs. Luckily, I had a chance to chat with Karen Hurley from Cultural Care Au Pair at our January Expectant Parents Childcare 101 event. 

Karen explained that au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people from abroad. More and more Chicago area families are turning to international childcare to find balance in their busy lives.  In exchange f...

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM by Jay Annadurai

Parent Perk Alert - A new "Perk" to NPN Membership!

Parent Perks is a great program where NPN shares fabulous deals from our local NPN Business Members, just especially for you. 

NOTE: please make sure you are logged in before clicking on the following perks.

March Perk Alerts

Discounts that make you feel great! (Alert sent Tuesday, March 22nd)

'Me' time is so important! Get your summer bottom line in gear with these healthy discounts.

Stroller Strides - $25 off programs and classes. Bond with your wee one(s) while getti...

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM by Marketing/Advertising Director Ellie

Childcare 101 Advice: Childcare centers demystified

Childcare 101: The real scoop on childcare centers

Maternity leave almost over. New work clothes (for my slightly larger size!) hanging in the closet. To-do list of back to work tasks ready to go. Childcare for my 2 month old- wait, WHAT!?

To be honest, looking for childcare for my son was almost enough to make me completely re-consider this whole going back to work thing. Thankfully, with great advice from friends and a few terrific recommendations from the NPN Discussion Board, I...

Posted on March 08, 2011 at 7:21 PM by Jay Annadurai

Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival 2011

It started as a simple idea: let's do something to celebrate NPN and give back to this unique organization that has given so much to us as parents.  Hard to believe our baby, Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival, is now 3-years-old and a moving and grooving toddler!  It has become a highly anticipated event and each year seems to get even better than the last.  This year we are thrilled to have exceeded our goal with 500 attendees and more than $7,500 raised. Thank you for celebrating...

Posted on March 05, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Healthy Eating Tips from the Working Moms Group Event!

If your kids are anything like mine, you have all sorts of tricks up your sleeve to get your child to eat a few bites of veggies. In February, Lara Field, a registered dietician and certified specialist in pediatrics, spoke at the Working Moms group luncheon and gave me new hope and much better tools to help our family.  Lara shared so many great tips!  Below are a few highlights:

After shopping, cut up fresh vegetables and fruit and put into easily accessible containers so you and...

Posted on March 02, 2011 at 9:32 AM by Marietta Coles