Posts from: June 2018

NPN members save $500 at Cultural Care Au Pair

*PARENT PERK BY CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR*

If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs are, wh...

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM

I survived the Wisconsin Dells and lived to write about it

Photo: Barely/Flickr

It’s a widely known fact that Chicagoans LIVE for summer. I mean, isn’t that why we stick around during the insanely long and rough winter? And if you are anything like me and counting down to summer vacation, let me remind you to put a trip to the Wisconsin Dells on your summer bucket list.

Why do so many Chicago families flock up north every summer? Because the waterpark capital of the world quite literally has it all. As a born and raised Chicagoan I have not...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 12:04 PM by Amanda Simkin

NPN members save $30 on one week of camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Merry Music Makers, a leading provider of early childhood music education, has teamed up with Chicago Blue Dolphins to offer this unique camp in Edgewater each summer. Kids spend the first half of their day exploring music and after lunch it's into the pool!

The music mornings are led by Merry Music Makers’ teachers who help kids explore the world of sound by offering hands-on experiences with instruments and sounds from culture around the globe. ...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Let's hear your thoughts on CPS's plan of action regarding sexual abuse

A week ago, the Chicago Tribune broke a story about the lack of response, action and follow-through regarding sexual abuse at Chicago Public Schools. Since this report broke, CPS has taken steps to address the issue, including sending this plan of action to community-based organizations like NPN. 

We're sharing this here with you so you can be aware of CPS's plan, and to facilitate a discussion about protecting children from abuse. What do you think about this plan of action? Do you think ...

Posted on June 08, 2018 at 9:44 AM by Laura Baginski

Doing the math (yes, even on summer break)

Your preschooler can count to 50, maybe even 100. But does your child know what five means? It turns out that understanding the “fiveness” of five is far more important for a solid foundation in math than the ability to recite a string of numbers in the right order. And you can keep building this foundation all summer long.

Since 2007, the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative has been helping teachers discover ways to improve math instruction for young children. Substitute “par...

Posted on June 08, 2018 at 8:10 AM by Geoffrey Nagle

NPN members get free annual membership at British Swim School

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL*

British Swim School is Chicago's Premier Water Survival & Learn to Swim Program. We have been saving lives since 1981 by giving everyone, regardless of their age or ability level, the chance to become safe and happy swimmers. Our methods are gentle and fun but structured to encourage the growth of the child's comfort, independence and self-esteem through water survival techniques, stroke enhancement and even joining our new recreational swim tea...

Posted on June 05, 2018 at 7:00 AM