Category: All About NPN

NPN Volunteer Parent Profile: Carolyn

NPN is really dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need to navigate parenting in the city.  For more than 34 years we've been creating groups to give local parents the social support they need. In order to showcase some our amazing volunteers that lead these groups (from nearly 30 neighborhood and special interest groups), we thought we'd give you the opportunity to get to know some of them. Meet the chair of our Same Sex Parent Group, Carolyn. 


Name: Caroly...

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Carolyn Lloyd

Fresh from the Forum: Summer Hot Topics

Start the summer off right! NPN’s discussion forums are chock-full of posts on topics - from pampers to preschool. Summer is heating up and so are the forums.

One of our members started a great discussion on sunscreen/bug sprays that are best for the kiddos. How do you lather up your little one? Check out the discussion here.

Another started a super thread on the best parks with and without splashpads, check out the discussion here.

Someone wanted to find some new running songs...

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Christa Reed

How to find a trusted doctor in Chicago

Looking for a reliable and experienced pediatrician, OB, dentist or speech therapist?

You can now find and recommend medical professionals quickly and easily from within your trusted NPN community. Our new Doctor Directory compiles member feedback straight from the Discussion Forum, making it easy to search by doctor name, specialty and location. Powered by Human Practice, we'll help you find the right doctor without the stress!

How it works:

Who has access to the directory...

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Extra! Extra! Parent to Parent is HERE!

Have you received the new, expanded Parent to Parent newsletter? Each issue we're bringing you what is important to parents, including schools, child care, fun activities and more! This awesome resource is written by NPN Members for parents just like you.

Must-Have Parent to Parent News!

Download the new issue and get advice from NPN parents and partners on:

CPS: The Parent Perspective on Getting Involved

Family Travel Doesn't Have to Be That Stressful


Posted on April 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

5 Things to Donate During Spring Cleaning!

Every year, by the time spring rolls around, I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and organize like crazy. Maybe it’s just the “spring cleaning” bug, but as a new mom with a Type A personality, I dream that one day my house will be organized. While that dream might never come true, it gives me hope and makes me feel better about the fact that currently I have dog toys and pacifiers in every nook and cranny of my home.

We all know that ones man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that phr...

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Brittany Graunke

Playdates with Purpose

During the month of April, we are taking playdates to the next level and showcasing the united front of Chicago families.  Families across Chicago unite around sports, school decisions, parenting challenges and victories, memorable activities for their kids, and more.  Now, we are asking families to join NPN and More Than Milk in connecting through philanthropy and community activism.  

The Playdate with Purpose Challenge benefiting the Little Giraffe Foundation is back to provide fami...

Posted on March 04, 2014 at 1:00 PM by Amy Cahill

5 Reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015!

What you probably already know is…Neighborhood Parents Network is dedicated to connecting families with the resources the need to navigate parenting the City. What you probably didn't know is that 2015 marks our 35th birthday. That's right, we've been around for longer than many of our members. We're blowing this one up and celebrating like every 35 year old should. We're bringing you amazing parties, workshops, play dates, discounts all over the city and so much more. Here are 5 reasons t...

Posted on January 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Free Coats for Kids

The kids are buzzing around the house, barely able to contain their excitement for the holidays. Sledding and snowmen and snow angels abound. Adding an extra ten minutes to get ready each morning to stuff noodley arms in coat sleeves, tug on the snow pants, and finagle little fingers into mittens and gloves. These are our mainstays of winter.

But in Chicago, there are tens of thousands of children who do not have a proper winter coat. They spend our brutal winters wearing layered hoodi...

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

NPN Black Friday Deal - Get a Year of Connections, Fun, & Support for a Steal!

For more than 30 years, NPN has been THE place for connecting like-minded Chicago families - from pregnancy through preschool! NPN offers Chicago parents these unique, must-have benefits :

Access to our always active, unmatched discussion forum

Step-by-step preschool and elementary school search and school fair

Parent-recommended childcare options

More than 25 FREE events per month

How-to’s on navigating city living for expectant, new and seasoned parents

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Do it! Done in a Day Volunteering with NPN

As many of you know, Neighborhood Parents Network is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. Our mission is to connect a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. We have a membership of 6,000 active family members and we’re growing every day.

Our volunteer community is growing too! Our member volunteers help plan, coordinate, and implement several of our most popular events including our Pre New Year’s Eve Family Celebra...

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM by Amy Johnson