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 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 th...

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

School Fair - Know Before You Go

The NPN South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair presented by Bright Start College Savings is just three days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sat. Sept 20, 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 - what exhibitors you want to make sure you connect with. ***Want to pers...

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

Get Your Work Done Without the Kids Distracting You! 15% Off Childcare + Coworking

Are you an entrepreneur or overwhelmed parent desperate for a couple of hours on the weekends to get work done without the kids distracting you? Instead of plugging in the movie in the morning, come to Free Range Office for Working Parents Weekends (WPW)! Free Range now offers childcare + coworking. Two time blocks every Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 11:30am & 11:30am – 1:30pm. We provide supervised play and plenty of fun activities for childr...

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Managing Behavior 101

Effectively managing our children’s behavior as parents can be very challenging.  Although building a family is ever-changing, the basic principles of behavioral learning and behavior change remain the same.  The following principles, when followed accordingly, are effective in managing behavior. 

Be prepared.  Providing your child information about upcoming situations can be helpful.  State rules ahead of time, and give rewards for good behavior.  

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Jennifer Gibson

Lions and Tigers and Halloween, Oh My!

I know, it seems crazy to think about Halloween already but I'm not gonna lie, once that first pumpkin spice latte hits the lips, it's on. 

Like a switch, it's time for costume brainstorming, apple picking, weekend orchard chaos, all while figuring out what new foods I can force pumpkin flavoring into. Because we love the season so much we've got an action-packed Autumn ready to take your mind off of the glory that was Summer 2014. Here's our top five events yo...

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Perk Discount! Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Opens THIS WEEK!

NPN Perk Discount! Save $5 on Adult tickets!*

Opening THIS WEEK! Don't miss out on 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. 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 passcode 'GOOF...

Posted on September 09, 2014 at 6:29 AM by Ellie Ander

Tips for Preparing Kids for a New Babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might not be so sure, though. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to focus on emergency numbers and pantry items and forget to take time to get the kiddos settled w...

Posted on September 08, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

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...

Posted on September 05, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Karen Fisher

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 develo...

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