Category: Navigating Chicago Schools
For most parents, back-to-school time means buying the kids a new backpack and shoes, and maybe taking them for a haircut. For parents of kids with special needs, however, going back-to-school can be much more stressful for both them and their children than just a shopping trip to
the mall. Children who are not successful in school, either for emotional/behavioral or academic reasons, often feel happier and calmer over the summer break when they are not dealing with the demands of school...
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...
• Panel discussions & workshops including "CPS 101" and "Understanding Montessori, Waldorf...
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
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
As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time, and now even some full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2018-2019 school year.
It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), former...Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
So, you think this fall is the right time to start preschool?
If your child is three and potty trained, you’re ready to catch a ride on the pre-kindergarten rollercoaster that will decide who your parental friends are, whether or not you should move, where your child will grow up, and who their lifelong friends will be. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, but it’s never too soon to start researching.
When I thought my first little one was ready, I didn’t have any “mommy friends” to consult...Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM
For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!
Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released the afternoon of April 27. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to a...Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM
“10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year!” If this year’s New Year’s Eve countdown reminded you of your bank account balance, it’s time for a change.
Now that the first half of the year is over and the holidays are behind us, it’s time to begin planning ahead for summer. Believe it or not, summer will be here before we know it with all of its expenses in tow: summer camp, family vacation, sports...(insert money flying away emoji). Keep reading for suggestions to jumpsta...Posted on January 10, 2018 at 1:18 PM
Children are receiving homework as young as the kindergarten age, and some students report spending up to six hours a night on it. Many kids learn how to cope and manage the homework load, but what about children with anxiety? Anxiety negatively impacts concentration, inhibits learning, and can make it difficult for an anxious child to display her true knowledge and grasp of the material. Following are a few anxiety-ridden scenarios and how to help.
Anxiety: “My logical, problem-solvin...Posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:17 AM
As a mom of a rambunctious 3½-year-old girl and super-active 6-year-old boy and working full-time as a partner in family law, I’m often told that I “do it all.” The seemingly praiseworthy concept, while flattering, in no way rids me of mother’s guilt that plagues many of us who work outside the home. At all hours of the day, thoughts of "What experience did I miss out on today?" will creep across my desk, like when my son tells me about a class celebration that I had to miss due to a clie...Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM