NPN members get 25% off a one-month premium subscription to Sittercity

*PARENT PERK BY SITTERCITY*

Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters since 2001. Today, they’re making it even easier to find the best sitters in your neighborhood. Getting started is simple: 

1. Share your family’s needs.

2. Review responses and detailed profiles

3. Screen, interview and make your choice

A Sittercity premium membership gives you all the tools you need to find the right sitter for your family. Run background checks, message unlimited sitte...

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The International Baccalaureate: What it is and how it works

*SPONSORED POST BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework has taken root in Chicago, with multiple public and private schools in the area offering at least one segment of the IB, and many schools considering to add it.

Those familiar with the academic programs in traditional American schools might very well wonder: What is the IB? What does it offer that other curriculums don’t?

The IB was founded in Switzerland 50 years ago in response to ...

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

NPN members get 50% off skate rental at Gallagher Way

*PARENT PERK BY HICKORY STREET CAPITAL*

Celebrate the holiday season at Gallagher Way, just steps away from iconic Wrigley Field. Get into the holiday spirit with a spin on the ice, a seat on Santa’s lap, a seasonal movie or any of our other holiday and winter events.

With open ice skating, ice skating classes, curling classes, Chimes at Gallagher Way, Santa's Workshop, holiday crafts, and much, much, more, Gallagher Way has all sorts of activities for your family to enjoy! 

Sit...

Posted on December 04, 2018 at 7:00 AM

This CPS resource makes high school search so much easier

Many Chicago parents, myself included, start thinking about high school at the same time we're applying to preschool. This phenomenon isn’t limited to “type A” parents or “helicopter” parents or overachieving parents. We begin thinking about high school so early because our children’s access to education can influence major life decisions such as where we live, and because to new and not-so-new parents, public high schools in Chicago are something of a mystery. 

What are public high sc...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 1:07 PM by Amy Johnson

How to apply for CPS preschools

If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year for 4 magnet preschools are due December 14, 2018. If you are thinking about other preschool programs hosted in CPS schools, the deadline varies as outlined below.

There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementary schools across the city. Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling o...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 10:40 AM by Chicago School GPS

How to apply to a CPS school in 5 easy steps

Photo credit: Bruno Girin/Flickr

CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, December 14, 2018. Students entering kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of pre-k options available as well (click here for the basics on CPS preschool).

In CPS, there are two main types of schools to which you can apply:


Magnet schools and ...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 8:49 AM by Chicago School GPS

Unschooling is a thing. But is it right for your child?

To school or not to school?

Wait, is that even a question? For hundreds of Chicago-area parents and many more across the nation, it is a very real one. In the past decade, there has been a nationwide surge in parents choosing to homeschool, unschool, or choose a non-traditional school without a fixed curriculum or grades. But why?

Self-Directed Education
Proponents believe that unschooling provides opportunities for children to explore their interests without the limits of a tradit...

Posted on November 08, 2018 at 3:51 PM by Aimee Skinner

3 steps moms can take to get some me time every week

Self-care. It’s a necessity to being the best caregiver you can be to your children. But it’s a low priority for many parents who wear multiple hats to maintain a career (even as Chief Executive Mom), maintain the household, and raise healthy, happy, and well-balanced children.

Confession: I have been there multiple times. Albeit passive-aggressively, but definitely there. I know you may be thinking, “How can I possibly fit in one more thing in an already overcommitted schedule?” But i...

Posted on November 08, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Nicole Walker

Help young kids see the getting season as the giving season, too

We all know how much kids like to receive. You only have to mention Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy to understand how true that is. So how can we teach our children to appreciate that the holiday season is primarily about giving, not getting, and to understand how lucky they are?

Start early. Although giving and gratitude are hard concepts for really little ones to grasp, it’s never too early to start building a culture that embraces them. I’ve heard that by the age of 4 hab...

Posted on November 07, 2018 at 12:29 PM by Fiona Royer

Take the time to learn how to pronounce 'difficult' names

When I met my now-husband, he introduced himself using his middle name, Cyriac. “Cyriac” was especially difficult for me to pronounce because it was completely foreign to my ears. I remember being tongue-tied every time I attempted to say his name.

Because of those earlier awkward, yet amusing, moments, I always give others grace when they have the same experience hearing his name for the first time. Because of that expected awkwardness, in certain situations, my husband sometimes choo...

Posted on November 07, 2018 at 11:42 AM by Keisha Mathew