Open Books - a bookstore doing so much more!

Open Books is thrilled to be partnering with NPN and would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

Did you know that 53% of adults in Chicago have low or limited literacy skills?

It is a shocking statistic, and it is our mission at Open Books to inspire children and teens to learn the fundamental skills along...

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Caring for Your Little One’s Eczema

I am a mom and know first hand about eczema problems.  My son presented with eczema before he was 12 months old.  Working in Marketing for Advanced Dermatology gives me an advantage to help my son. Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I’ve accumulated professionally and personally.

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and with it comes dry, red, scaly patches that often itch. There are many types of eczema and the causes are diverse and include heredity, irritation, allergy, dryness ...

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM by Grace Federighi

Sep. 24 South Side School & Resources Fair

We are just days away from our newest addition to our NPN School Fair Season! South Side Parents (SSP), Hyde Park Parent Support Network (PSN), and Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) jointly present the South Side Preschool & Elementary School & Resoures Fair.

Join us for a one-day FREE event where you can make connections with more than 50 public/private schools, enrichment programs, family friendly businesses, and Chicago resources.  Open to the public.

WHAT: South Side Presch...

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Class Up Your Classes

Tired of the same old thing? Encourage your little one to try something new this fall with one of these fun classes.

While planning my two toddlers’ fall schedules, I found myself craving some variety. I wanted to see what the city had to offer my little urban explorers. Not surprisingly, Chicago is bursting with unique and eclectic classes for our wee ones to enjoy. Below are some of the diverse options I came across.

 


When researching new classes for your kids, don’t for...

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Some Parenting Perspective- Getting on the Same Page

When my children were younger and I was a stay at home mom, my husband worked long hours.  Every morning, he would kiss the boys goodbye and lovingly say, “Be good for Mommy.”  Then he was off, returning after bedtime.  For him, his exit was helpful and thoughtful.  For me, his words were like nails on a chalkboard. A million thoughts would run through my mind: “What did ’be good for Mommy’ mean?” “Wasn’t it unrealistic to think that little boys could be ’good’ all day?” “Was he telling th...

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:57 AM by Karen Jacobson

How to Help Prepare Your Toddler for School

So you have done your research, talked to fellow moms, attended the NPN School fair and still feel panicked about pre-school? Or maybe just wondering what will get your baby/toddler school ready? Surprisingly, the best enrichment activity is something you do every day - conversation! Speaking to your child, asking questions, responding to their statements, and using varied vocabulary, all provide a rich foundation for early literacy skills. In fact, early, frequent verbal interaction is th...

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM by Sara Sladoje

Circus in the Parks - One-of-a-kind Chicago fun!

NPN is proud to sponsor this year’s Circus in the Parks series. The Midnight Circus team is back to bring you a one-of-a-kind family-friendly circus experience! Money raised will go to support the Chicago Park District.  We love our Chicago parks and these performances are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. The perfect way to spend a lovely day doing something surprising in a great Chicago neighborhood.

This year is an all new show and an all new little Big Top. An purple and blue tent wi...

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

My Neighborhood: Family Fun in Ukranian Village

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop:  Ukranian Village with Sarah - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods

We moved to Ukrainian Village a little over 2 years ago after living in Lincoln Park for many years. My husband and I wanted a neighborhood that was quiet and family friendly for our three kids, ages 5, 3 and 1.  We certainly fou...

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM by Sarah Davis

CPS Better School Day Advisory Committee Update

I attended the 1st committee meeting of the Longer School Day Community Advisory Committee (henceforth called the Better School Day Community Advisory Committee) and left feeling pretty optimistic.

So where does NPN come in… The role of the advisory committee is to review the plan throughout the school year and provide feedback to help inform the full rollout for 2012/13, inform our community and gather feedback, and help identify potential challenges and suggest possible solutions. So...

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Lee Haas

Sweet Dreams NPN & ChicagoKids.com Pajama Party @ Good Night Moon the Musical

I’m not going to sugar-coat things – bedtime with my older daughter wasn’t easy!  No matter how tired she appeared, I just couldn’t convince her that sleep was a necessary part of life. We finally figured out that spending a few minutes reading with the lights turned low could do wonders. One of our favorite pre-bedtime reads was the classic Good Night Moon. Now, I’m so excited to revisit our old bedtime tradition in a whole new way by taking her to see Good Night Moon the Musical presente...

Posted on September 09, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Jay Annadurai