How to choose a great school without losing your mind

All of those Facebook photos of your friends' kids on their first day of school are, of course, adorable, but if you have a two- or three-year-old it can also send you into an anxiety spiral. Oh my god, that's going to be my kid next year! And I haven't even started searching for a school yet!

First, breathe. You have enough time to find the right school. But spare yourself the headaches of navigating public and private schools on your own and let NPN help you. Trust u...

Posted on September 01, 2015 at 3:00 PM by Christa Reed

15% off membership @ Bubbles Academy!

For families with young children—from a newborn baby to an active preschooler—Bubbles Academy is your destination for one-of-a-kind early learning experiences! Its team guides children’s development through imaginative, social, art and play-based programs.

Bubbles offers two new membership tracks to support your child's development:

Meeting Milestones: Music, Core Development, Creative Movement and Art for 0-18 months

Preparing for Preschool: 3-step ...

Posted on September 01, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

How to build your child's self-esteem? Team sports.

NPN's Soccer Bash at Lil' Kickers' Chitown Futbol location is this Saturday, September 5! It's a great opportunity to introduce your kids to soccer. Below, Lil' Kickers explains why team sports are crucial to a child's physical and emotional development.

Your four- or five-year-old child is ready to take on new challenges! With their toddler days behind them, kids are poised for a period of rapid growth and development—physically, emotionally and soci...

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM by Ashley Campbell

Quiz: Should you go to an NPN School Fair?


Neighborhood Parents Network does a lot of things for Chicago parents, but what really sets us apart is the work we do to help you find the right school for your child.

The most important school-choice events of the year? Our two annual school fairs: the South Side Preschool and Elementary School Fair on Sept. 19, and the Annual Preschool and Elementary School Fair on Oct. 18. At both fairs, you'll be able to talk with representatives from 100+ public and private sc...

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:20 PM by Laura Baginski

Don't Miss Marvel Universe LIVE!

Marvel fans, assemble! For a limited time, you can save on tickets for just $15!* 

Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to cities around North America. You’ll definitely fee...

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 6:21 AM by Ellie Ander

How does our childcare safety regulations compare to other states?

Most states have recently worked to change the rules on background checks for childcare workers or immunization requirements for childcare centers, but what about child product safety rules? Do you know if Illinois allows childcare facilities to use dangerous products? What about other states?


Recalled children’s products
The danger: According to a Kids In Danger (KID) report, from 2005-2014 recalled children’s products caused at least ...

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM by Laura Nikolovska

8 reasons to join NPN


Obviously, we think joining NPN is an essential part of being a connected, informed and happy parent in Chicago. But if you need more convincing, check out our list of stellar member benefits below.

But first, a little background on NPN: We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to connecting parents with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. What started with a couple of families at a backyard barbecue in 1980 is now a membership-b...

Posted on August 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM by Christa Reed

Join us at a first-ever developmental differences conference

Having worked in the pediatric therapy field for a combined total of almost 30 years has been incredibly rewarding over our careers.  By understanding each child’s individual needs and connecting with them through the power of playful relationships, we have seen children with a variety of diagnoses make remarkable progress, transition into school programs and lead the fulfilling lives that their parents dreamed of for them.    

As moms of young child...

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

4 tips for a smoother start to the school year


Back-to-school is an exciting, emotional, often hectic time for families. The unending texts about teacher assignments and after-school schedules make this time of year one filled with great anticipation. As we ready our kids for class with new backpacks, new shoes and new pencils, we need to help them emotionally prepare for the year ahead.


Combat fear of the unknown
Help your child visualize and practice her first day of school, including how she wi...

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM by Heather Bragg

NPN Exclusive! $20 off Sprig organic meal delivery!

Sprig is a new on-demand organic food company that wanted to make getting delicious, healthy food as easy as three clicks on your smartphone. Their Head Chef is Nate Keller, who was the Executive Chef at Google as the company grew from 300 to 30,000 employees. Sprig serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, has a daily rotating menu, and has an average delivery time of 15 minutes. So perfect for the family on-the-go!  

Sample Menu:

The decision is easy with menu...

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM by Christa Reed