What's up with Universal PreK? Here's what we know.

Public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings have been an ever-changing process year after year. This year is no exception as CPS is once again in the midst of changes to their Chicago Early Learning programs (formerly known as Ready to Learn, Preschool for All and others).  

The newest change is a Universal PreK (UPK) component, but CPS is rolling it out in phases to further confuse and muddle the landscape.  

This latest initiative was announced by outgoing Mayor Rahm Ema...

Posted on September 05, 2019 at 9:54 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 50% off registration + 4th week free at Rayito de Sol

*PARENT PERK BY RAYITO DE SOL*

Here’s a thought: 52% of Fortune 500 CEOS are bilingual. That makes learning Spanish as a second language from birth a valuable life skill. Bilingual kids can also pick up other critical languages like software coding to help them level the playing field.

Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center is a full Spanish immersion preschool. This means that all instructions and activities are conducted in Spanish. New students quickly become comf...

Posted on September 03, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Kids always making you late? Try these tips for on-time arrivals.

I hate the discourtesy of being late. I hate running from place to place. I hate to keep people waiting. With three little ones in tow (ages 2, 4 and 6), though, it kind of comes with the territory.

But does it have to? These are some of the tools I’ve tried in my endeavor to avoid tardies at school, hold down a full-time job, keep stress and tears at bay, and even enjoy going about our day together. (Full disclosure: We don’t have this subject mastered, but we are committed to keep tr...

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM by Fiona Royer

Neuropsychological evaluations: what they are and how to know if your child needs one

*SPONSORED POST BY CENTER FOR COMPREHENSIVE NEUROBEHAVIORAL CARE*

Based on the name alone, undergoing a neuropsychological evaluation sounds like an intimidating process. In reality, it’s a comprehensive look at your child’s day-to-day functioning at home, at school and in the community. Whether your child has been referred for a neuropsych eval, or you’re just curious about what it entails, read on.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
According to Dr. Lori Tall, founder and ...

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 11:37 AM

NPN members get 8 weeks of group lessons for $175 at British Swim School

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL*

There are few skills more important to teach to your child than proper water safety. Learning how to stay safe around water is a must for kids of all ages. And it makes the perfect after-school activity for your little students!

At British Swim School of Downtown Chicago, we teach infants starting as young as 3 months how to become comfortable in the water and trained on how to save themselves in a water emergency. Our toddler and child programs...

Posted on August 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get $14 off at O'Hare Personal Valet

*PARENT PERK BY O'HARE PERSONAL VALET*

If you enjoy waiting for trams and shuttles, this is not for you! 

O’Hare Personal Valet is a family travel solution. Drive to the terminal in your own car by picking up a valet 2 miles outside O’Hare. When you arrive back from your trip, we will deliver your vehicle to arrivals, outside baggage claim. Pack up the car and head home. Our valet will find their own way back to the lot. 

Indoor/outdoor parking. Washes, waxes and details are ava...

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save 10% on tuition at Montessori Gifted Prep

*PARENT PERK BY MONTESSORI GIFTED PREP*

Consider giving the gift of global languages by enrolling your child at Montessori Gifted Prep.

From improved social skills to deeper family connections, learning a foreign language affords children an infinite amount of benefits.

Our trilingual immersion preschool program, with each class taught in Spanish, Mandarin, and English, opens your child up to a world of possibility not available to monolingual speakers.

Awarded by Best of Chi...

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Register now for NPN's Annual Preschool and Elementary School Fair!

Registration for NPN's annual School Fair is now open!

Come to the *only* Chicago school fair that brings together 100+ preschools and elementary schools under one roof! Neighborhood Parents Network has everything you need to answer all of your school-search questions. It's a one-stop shop to help you prepare your kids for success in the early years and beyond.

This year's fair features...

Reps from preschools and elementary schools all over the city, ready to answer all your ...

Posted on August 07, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

NPN members save up to 20% + free shipping on meals at lil'gourmets

*PARENT PERK BY LIL'GOURMETS*

Introducing lil’gourmets, the first and only brand of fresh (refrigerated), organic veggie meals for babies and toddlers. Our unique veggie-first promise means that our recipes make vegetables the star – each of our meals is 70–95% veggies and beans, and only 3–5g of sugar. We add hints of spice blends to our chef-inspired recipes for delicious flavors you and your child will love.

All our products are pediatrician-approved, minimally processed, and th...

Posted on August 06, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members save 15% off treatment fee at Love My Smile

 

*PARENT PERK BY LOVE MY SMILE*

Looking for a reason to smile? Love My Smile is a brand new orthodontic office offering braces and clear aligners to patients of all ages. Our flexible treatment options and affordable financial arrangements are individually suited to your personal needs and goals. Crowding, spacing, discomfort? Overbites, open bites, underbites? Just don’t love your smile? We can take care of all of it.

Dr. Kitt Stevens uses the latest technology in a state-of-t...

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM