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?


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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

August 14th @ DQ Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are!

Buy a Blizzard® treat on Aug. 14 and improve a child’s life!

Here’s your chance to enjoy a sweet treat for a cause! August 14th is Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen. Just when you thought there was nothing better than an ice cream treat on a hot summer day, the deal got even sweeter.

For every Blizzard® treat sold on August 14, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will receive one dollar or more to help support t...

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:49 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Volunteer Parent Profile: Carolyn


NPN is really dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need to navigate parenting in the city.  For more than 34 years we've been creating groups to give local parents the social support they need. In order to showcase some our amazing volunteers that lead these groups (from nearly 30 neighborhood and special interest groups), we thought we'd give you the opportunity to get to know some of them. Meet the chair of our Same Sex Parent Group, Carolyn. 

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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Carolyn Lloyd

BEST Playgrounds on the El

No car?  No problem!  Here are some great playgrounds just blocks from an El stop.  So, load up the kids for an El playground adventure!

Lois Klein Playground: 3550 N. Lincoln at Addison and Ravenswood

El Stop: Brown Line Addison stop

Playground Details: Small, bustling playground in a busy area, yet the structures feel removed from the street and train tracks.  Enjoy some morning playtime then head to Roscoe Village for lunch. There is a toddler climbi...

Posted on August 08, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Another Exclusive NPN Perk Discount: Music Institute of Chicago Musikgarten®

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is one of the nation's finest community music schools and a respected music education leader.  MIC Musikgarten® classes offer a comprehensive, sequential plan for the musical development of children, birth to age seven, in a joyful and stimulating environment.  This Montessori-informed approach to parent-child music education provides a great foundation for the parent role in at-home practice as children begin instrume...

Posted on August 07, 2014 at 3:08 PM by Ellie Ander

Searching For a Nanny? NPN Members Get 25% Off Placement Fee!

Flourish Nannies places professional full-time, part-time, and temporary nannies, as well as mother’s helpers, postpartum doulas, infant care specialists, and night nurses. To celebrate the launch of Flourish Nannies, the agency is offering an exclusive NPN Member discount to get the word out!

NPN members enjoy a 25% discount off the placement fee! Visit and 'like' Flourish Nannies on Facebook, and mention your NPN membership when you call (872) 221-47...

Posted on August 05, 2014 at 6:33 AM by Ellie Ander

WIN End of Summer Soccer Bash Tickets!

I know, summer just barely got here. The weather has been weird and August is upon us already. For NPN, it's an exciting time! We're gearing up to get the kids back to school, vacations are ending and we're thinking about our super awesome September and October school fairs. So, before all of the crazy begins and we're into the full swing of Fall, let's get down and party!

Join us for the hottest family-friendly event of the summer at ChiTown Futbol on August 30th f...

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM by Christa Reed