Posts from: March 2012

Choices and more choices! The Private vs. Public Schools Debate

As a parent, selecting my daughter’s school was difficult. Education today has become a complex topic as we debate educational philosophies. The process of weighing the pros and cons of public schools versus private school is extensive.  It is important to consider the following factors when making your choice.


The public school system is the much more affordable option, however, you must still be invested financially regardless of school type. Should you be interested in a fu...

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 6:44 AM by Kim Schiefelbein

Developmental Differences - Must-Have Chicago Resources

The idea for the NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair began over a simple cup of coffee.  After participating in the October 2011 NPN school fair, our LEEP Forward team couldn’t help but realize a significant gap in resources available to Chicago parents who were perhaps most in need: those caring for children with developmental differences. While Chicago does, in fact, have a beautiful pool of resources that are available, it became clear that locating proper resources was far more...

Posted on March 05, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

The New City - From a New Mom's Perspective

I have lived in the Chicago area for 18 years and it seems the longer I live here, the smaller it feels. So it came as a surprise, after the birth of my daughter in 2010, that Chicago suddenly seemed unfamiliar. I realized my needs in the city had drastically changed.

Now, a simple trip to a favorite restaurant included a list of panicked questions: Is there a changing table in the bathroom? Can I fit the stroller in the restaurant? Can I breastfeed there? Is the nearest el stop w...

Posted on March 02, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Erin Carlson

Cooking with Kids - Orange You Glad

While Purple Asparagus incorporates as many local products into its school programs as possible, during the winter months, we turn to some imported fruits for our school program. From January through early February, we tote a whole assortment of delicious citrus fruits all over Chicago.  At home, you can help your little ones learn about these five orange siblings:

Naval Orange: While kids may have tasted their fair share of the navel, few know that the name is not the result of it...

Posted on March 01, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Graham