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    Amy Johnson is NPN's Executive Director.

    NPN's Year in Review & Looking Ahead to 2024

    Here's a look at NPN’s year-in-review as well as our plans for 2024!

    Successes in 2023

    We stayed true to our mission to connect a diverse community of families by providing support and resources to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. 

    As you know, NPN helps Chicago families research schools and navigate developmental differences through parent education sessions, our annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair, and the Developmental Differences Resource Fair. In October 2023, we held our first Education & Community Fair at Kennicott Park in Hyde Park, complete with performances by the Kenwood School of Ballet. 

    We created and relaunched even more opportunities to foster connection within our community.

    NPN members find social support and parent-to-parent advice at our monthly playdates, in our Developmental Differences Parent Support Group, on virtual Parent Chats, at in-person Member Networking Coffees, and New Parent Group meetings, not to mention the discussion forum and our Parent to Parent newsletter. (Stay tuned for the next issue of Parent-to-Parent which will hit your mailbox in March!)


    Looking forward to 2024

    Goal: Grow our membership while providing more support to new and expecting parents and parents of older children.

    Our challenge this year is to increase membership, especially among new and expecting parents. To that end, we are planning a special new and expectant parent event this spring with some of our favorite partners. Stay tuned for more information!

    We are also developing a new format for our parent education sessions (a podcast!), and creating new programming for parents and their older elementary school children to enjoy together. We look forward to planning more support for post-high-school planning as well.

    There are so many new things in store for NPN and I’m excited to share them with you throughout the coming year.

    How you can help.

    Invite a friend to join NPN?

    Our strength is in our membership, and every member counts. NPN welcomes families of all cultures and backgrounds, gender, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, and ability. Your friend is welcome here, so please invite them! Share promo code Member30 with them so that they can save $30 on their first year of membership.

    Here is a blurb you can use for inviting friends to join:


    Neighborhood Parents Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects a diverse community of families by providing support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. I get a lot out of being a member and I think you will, too. You can use promo code Member30 to join for just $35 for the year. Learn more and join here: https://www.npnparents.org/resources/memberships/parent/.

    Thank you for your support of NPN. Your membership keeps the organization going and provides resources to families across the city. We are so grateful for you and hope to connect with you online or in-person in 2024. 

    Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson is NPN's Executive Director.

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