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Online resources for COVID-19 quarantine

 

Now that schools are canceled through the rest of the year, the reality has sunk in: the more options for virtual resources, the better. New: Check out our list of virtual summer camps!

Following is an ongoing list of online activities for kids of all ages. All are free unless otherwise noted. Check back often! We'll be updating this post as we get more information*.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to join COVID-19 conversations about everything from e-learning to what to make for din...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Lauren Viera

Summer Camp in Chicago: When, where and how to sign up for summer fun

Believe it or not, now’s the time to start thinking about summer camps. Many have already opened up registration with early-bird discounts, while others don’t offer placement till spring...only to sell out in hours.

To help you navigate your options, we’re hosting our first-ever Summer Camp Fair on February 23 (details below!). Meanwhile, we’ve pooled advice and information from our members and staff to help get you started.

How old does my child have to be to go to camp?
Most cam...

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:21 PM by Lauren Viera

Which sleep training method is right for you?

Just like babies, the idea of “sleep training” is something of a mystery. Depending on whose advice you’re following, there are conflicting rules. Even among experts, there are different methodologies. And given any methodology, there’s probably going to be a whole lot of trial and error to get it right. But above it all, there is the promise of sleep — beautiful, precious, sleep — for baby and you. To help those of you who are especially sleep-deprived, we consulted with some experts to ...

Posted on January 09, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Lauren Viera

What to expect when you’re expecting a Chicago baby

Preparing to give birth in the City of Big Shoulders? Get ready. In addition to a generally friendly Midwestern vibe from passers-by, there are a handful of little-known watch-outs and hacks that Chicago moms of yore have discovered along the way. For advice, we asked our Member Discussion Forum and social media channels to weigh in: What would you tell a first-time Chicago mom? Here’s what we learned.

Bundle up, but don’t buy a maternity coat
Given our long winter, chances are you’re...

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 10:43 PM by Lauren Viera

Register now for NPN's Annual Preschool and Elementary School Fair!

Registration for NPN's annual School Fair is now open!

Come to the *only* Chicago school fair that brings together 100+ preschools and elementary schools under one roof! Neighborhood Parents Network has everything you need to answer all of your school-search questions. It's a one-stop shop to help you prepare your kids for success in the early years and beyond.

This year's fair features...

Reps from preschools and elementary schools all over the city, ready to answer all your ...

Posted on August 07, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

'Potty Training for All' Webinar Now Available!

Missed last week's live webinar, "Potty Training for All"? It's now available in our video archive!

Potty-training expert (and developmental and occupational therapist) Dr. Laura Mraz presented an hour's worth of clear and effective strategies for potty training your child.

Viewing is free for members. Visit npnparents.org/videos now!

 

 

 

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

It's here: Introducing NPN's Buy/Sell Classifieds!

*CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST FEATURE: BUY/SELL CLASSIFIEDS! *

Just in time to motivate your back-to-school purge, NPN is rolling out another free member benefit: Buy/Sell Classifieds.

Now you can sell the baby gear, maternity clothes and other stuff that's been taking up space in your closet — and buy the things you need from other parent members — all in one place! 

Browse by category, from Beauty to Toys, and ask the seller questions right from the ad's description page. Selling is ju...

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

More details on CPS's plan to deter abuse and assault

As many of us were finalizing plans for the 4th of July holiday, CPS announced the launch of a new Office of Student Protections and Title IX. This comes on the heels of its "Plan of Action" for sexual abuse and assault (read our original post here) which, presumably, was launched in response to the Chicago Tribune's early-June investigative story on sexual abuse and assault.

According to an official press release quoting CPS CEO Janice Jackson (pictured), the newly established Office ...

Posted on July 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera