How to Choose the Right School for You

K, here's the deal. Finding the perfect school for your little one can often be like finding a needle in a haystack. But NPN can give you the tools to make it feel more like shooting fish in a barrel. Whatever your similie, RSVP to Chicago's hottest school choice resources while there's still space. 

Here's what you need to do to get started:

1. Use MyDirectory. This second-to-none school directory can help you search by the criteria that matters the most to yo...

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Christa Reed

Give Yourself Time to Get Back in Shape

Lately there seems to be a growing trend of moms getting down on themselves for not fitting in to their pre-baby jeans a few weeks after having a baby.  I have seen it posted on message boards, asked about in class and all of the magazine covers out there certainly don’t help.  Your body goes through more changes during the 9 months of pregnancy, than a man’s will his entire life.  It’s important to respect that- you just grew a human being! Your body has c...

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM by Jackie Dorris

NPN Perk Discount! Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail when Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes comes to the United Center on September 10-14, 2014.

NPN Perk Discount! Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes - Tickets start at just $13 and now is your chance to Save $5 on Adult tickets for select performances*.

Also take advantage of FREE parking at all official United Center parking lots! Use the pass code 'GOOFY' and&n...

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM by Ellie Ander

Last Minute Summer Bucket List Items!

Seriously, where did summer go? Some children are already back to school and I feel like it just got warm. Regardless, it's time to get to work on finishing that summer bucket list. We've put together some must-do things if you're looking to squeeze all that's left out of the season.

5. Morton Arboretum. Check out their Thursday Family Nights and enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden, Maze Gard...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

Your Next Mani is on Whittl!

100s of the best Chicago's spas and salons have partnered with Whittl, giving busy moms 24/7 online booking! Get a free manicure (or $20 off) your first online Whittl booking just for being an NPN member.

But hurry, a free mani can’t last forever! Enter code NPN14W at checkout by next Friday (August 29th). Offer is only good online.

Use your $20 coupon online at 100s of Whittl partners including...

Lincoln Park: 


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Posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Save Money on Babies & Back to School Shopping!

Win a VIP Pre-Sale Pass to the Babies Tots n' More Consignment Sale! A VIP Pre-Sale Pass gets you in the door at 4:00pm on Thursday, Aug. 28th! Simply reply to this Blog Post below and tell us what you most looking forward to shopping for or selling at the upcoming consignment event. One winner will be selected at 12pm on Monday, August 24th. Get the first look and save big! 

Let’s face it, kids grow fast!  It feels like just yesterday that ...

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

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...

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN Discounts! Save 75% on Back to School fashion at online resale leader, Moxie Jean!

Exclusive NPN Parent Perk Discount: take an additional 25% off  Moxie Jean's "Back to School" collection*. Families all over Chicago and beyond are catching on to high quality resale as a great way to save time, money and the planet – all while getting the brands they want for a fraction of the cost!

Moxie Jean is mom’s favorite site for “Upscale Resale,” featuring outfits and separates from GAP, Gymboree, Land’s End, Justice &...

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:59 AM by Ellie Ander

Key Safety Questions to Ask Your Childcare Provider

There are so many factors that are important when choosing the right child care provider, but above all else we want our children cared for in a safe environment. KID has pulled together a list of safety questions to ask your provider to make sure your child is in a safe space.

What you could ask: 2-3 children’s products are recalled a week for safety hazards, how do you keep up with children’s products recalls?

What the provider should say: The provider should be telli...

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

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 ...

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