What to expect from CPS notification letters

For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School (CPS) seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2019-2020 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 on April 22. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to access th...

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 12:06 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members pay no registration fee at Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool



Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool is excited to announce the opening of two additional classrooms in an effort to welcome more families to the Lily Pad community.

In response to overwhelming demand, we are opening a new Little Ducky Pond (ages 6 weeks - 15 months) and Tadpole Lake (ages 15 - 23 months) in the coming weeks.   

At Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool, we are Montessori-inspired and developmentally focused. Surrounding children...

Posted on March 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How to help your child get ready for kindergarten

Is your child starting kindergarten next year? Consider taking a proactive approach to ensuring he or she is ready to arrive at kindergarten and learn.

Evidence increasingly suggests that the areas most critical to young children’s long-term educational success are approaches to learning and self-regulation, language and literacy, math, and social and emotional development. While early childhood education is instrumental in supporting a child’s learning and development, family engageme...

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM by Maura Daly

Important whooping cough update from Chicago Department of Public Health

Whooping cough (pertussis) is spreading in some of Chicago's North Side neighborhoods. We want to make sure everyone follows some basic tips to help ensure the health and safety of the community. 

What is whooping cough? 
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. 

After cough fits, someone with...

Posted on March 07, 2019 at 3:43 PM

NPN members receive 10 free flex credits from Pearachute


Try something new with your little ones!

With Pearachute, you and your family will get access to the best kids art classes, music, swim, dance and more! Drop into hundreds of the best locations near you including Bubbles Academy, British Swim School, Music with Mr. Dave, Chicago Children's Theatre, Fairytale Ballet, My Gym, Little Beans, Explore & Much More, Kid's Table, Easel Art Studio, Stomp & Shout and so much more!

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Posted on February 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Preventing furniture tip-overs in your home

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are most likely to be deadly when a child is involved. A child dies every 10 days from a TV or furniture tip-over. In the U.S. there is an estimated annual average of 15,600 injuries that are associated with tip-overs. Most accidents happen when a child climbs on the furniture in order to reach a higher drawer or an object on top. Children ages 2-5 are at a higher risk for these incidents. These facts and figures illuminate the tragic stories of Camden,...

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Black history is American history

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

Does that quote sound familiar to you? If you don’t remember those words, they were spoken by our current president two years ago during Black History Month. The clip went viral because Trump used present tense to compliment the famous abolitionist, which suggested that he thought Frederick Douglass was still alive. Unfortunately, for the president, Douglass has b...

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members receive free coffee coupons and (2) to-go mugs so you can keep up with the kids!


A Lake Genevacation falls somewhere between a staycation and a vacation, because it’s closer to home, yet feels days away. Minus the pricey flights and lost luggage, a spring break trip to the newly redesigned Ridge Hotel offers a splashy indoor pool with sauna and steam rooms, discounted Lake Geneva activities for the kids, Wine Down Wednesdays for you, and weekly dining specials for everyone.

Even better, from March 17 – April 21, 2019, pack in ou...

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM

In the spirit of love: showing gratitude to your partner

I might pride myself on saying thank you and being thoughtful, but like many of us I probably don't show enough gratitude to the person who does the most for me: my partner. So in the spirit of love and committing to show my appreciation more, I enlisted my husband's input on ideas:

Send something to work

A no-brainer way to show gratitude is to add chocolate or a little something to a work bag. But organizing something to be delivered takes this one step further. While flowers are ...

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Fiona Royer

NPN members get 15% off of flat-fee estate planning services at Law Office of Nicole M. Soltanzadeh


Has creating a will or a trust been on your list of to-dos? Let the Law Office of Nicole M. Soltanzadeh help you accomplish your goals and create a plan that meets your specific family needs.

Nicole regularly helps clients with wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, in addition to conducting estate administration and advising clients in real estate transactions. As a busy attorney and a mother of two children, Nicole understa...

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM