Posts from: March 2018

Why I'm not saving for my son's college education

It was February 2016—less than three months before our son was born—when my wife and I attended NPN’s Preparing for Parenthood: Workshops & Expo at the Erikson Institute. Among the people we spoke with during that event was someone from Bright Start College Savings. As we flipped through the pamphlets on the table separating us from this man in a bright orange shirt, he explained how 529s (“tax-advantaged savings plans that help put money toward your future student’s education” if you...

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families


There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 


Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

On Sunday, March 11, Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:


Posted on March 07, 2018 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN members get 10% off Bach to Rock summer camps



Bach to Rock's unique approach makes it possible for students with no previous musical training to be rocking out with a band in a matter of hours. Bands and groups are coordinated by age, grade and/or ability level.

B2R teachers transform music instruction from a solitary activity to a joyous and exciting “team sport.” Bands or group ensembles learn a variety of classic rock and current pop songs and even compose original music.

All students ...

Posted on March 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM