Jan. 25 CPS Board of Ed Meeting Preview: A Few More Magnet Seats?

NPN and Chicago News Cooperative are working togeter to help families get the answers they need about about Chicago schools. If you have a question you'd like to see us, please send it to cyednak@chicagonewscoop.org. 

CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings. Preview: Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Meeting, Jan. 25, 2012.  VIsit www.chicagonewscoop.org for the full story on the board’s actions.

After an eventful 2011, the Chicago Board of Edu...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM by Crystal Yednak

Understanding & Dealing with Health Insurance

As we get ready for the Feb. 4th, NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair at Gordon Tech High School. We want to share some of the must-have takeaways from our three event workshops.  Here is a glimpse of what Gail Borgerd, of MedicClaim, will cover.  We hope to see you there!

Our Feb. 4th 10:30 am Workshop Topics will include:

How to accurately determine the level of your coverage

Procedures for speaking to and corresponding with carriers

What to do if a claim ...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Gail Borgerd

January NPN Perk Picks - Indoor Fun & Burning off Holiday Treats

My Parent Perk Picks to get through Chicago's coldest days!  Since we do not live in sunny Miami Beach and the weather in Chicago can be a little unpredictable, here are few of my picks help NPN families get through the snowy days and to keep those get-fit New Year's Resolutions.  To access each business' Perk details and promo codes, please log in and click on their link below.

“Staying in on chilly days” Perks

Armand’s Pizzeria: 2 For Tuesday: Buy one pizza, Get one free. 2nd piz...

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Leslye Whittman

Juggling Act: Balancing My Life With Special Needs Kids

We went to the Midnight Circus last summer, my kids watched an extremely talented juggler in amazement! The act started as one would expect, with a couple of balls and a few tricks. It became much more exciting when his assistant joined in and started throwing more balls and random objects into his act. Soon he was juggling what seemed to be an impossible number of things. It lasted for just a moment, though it seemed much longer. The whole audience stood with bated breath—all waiting to s...

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Ellen Sternweiler

Birthday Party Etiquette

Here are what I consider the 5 rules of birthday party etiquette to get you and your guests on the same page.  Find your happy place, where you can plan and enjoy a fastastic celebration of your little one's big day.

#1 - Big or Small.  The most imprtant rule is to stick to your own budget and family/friends.  On the smaller side try a playdate with cupcakes, pajama party with 5 friends (HomeMade Pizza Co's Cutie Pie Kit & games), or meet up at your child's favorite restaurant or b...

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Searching for the Right School for Your Family: Tips for school tours & more

Choosing a school for your child is a very important, though sometimes confusing, and even stressful decision for your family. There are many great options in the city and it can be a challenge to find the right fit for your child and your family.  A great place to start your search is to create a list of your “top 5” schools.  You can develop your “top 5” list in many ways, including talking to other parents, visiting websites and researching schools online, or using the NPN discussion bo...

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Maria Ippolito

Developmental Differences Resource Fair - Sat. Feb. 4th

Our NPN team is so proud to announce this first-time event - our Feb. 4th Developlental Differences Resource Fair.  We are working hard to provide Chicagoland families of children with developmental differences one-stop access to and information about schools, programs, service providers, therapeutic support & non-profits in the city.  This one-of-a-kind event is FREE and open to the public. Share this event and our flyer with your friends!

The term “Developmental Difference” is in...

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Leslye Whittman

Perk Alert! Happy Birthday to You

Check out these hot deals, perfect for birthday party entertainment, exclusively for NPN Members! Please log in to view full details of these discounts. 

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BabbaCo - Give a unique gift that children aged 3 to 6 can really engage with: The BabbaBox – a new topic-based activity box for kids! Exclusive offer: NPN members get 30% off their first order! Code: NPN30 (annual purchases excluded). Learn more....

Enchanted Princ...

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Keeping Children's Dreams Alive in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

We all know that Martin Luther King Jr. had an incredible dream.  If he were alive today, would he feel that his dream had come true?  Martin Luther King Jr. taught us not only the importance of embracing equality and appreciating our differences but also that no dream is unreachable.  As parents, this is one of the most important lessons we can teach our own children.  Every child has a dream, and it is our job to educate, support and encourage our children to achieve those dreams the way...

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM by Melanie Arons

Sharing: A Uniquely Childish Skill

Like all parents, I hope with all my heart my son will be a nice person.  So—though I share other parents’ desire to avoid high-pitched shrieks of “MINE!” and embarrassing tantrums—instead of avoiding places where my son will scuffle with other kids over toys and turn-taking, I seek them out for sharing practice:

Sandboxes: Bring your own toys and enjoy the toys in the sandbox. “Mine” isn’t necessarily a terrible word if it means, “This is mine and I will share with you.”


Posted on January 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Rachel Kramer