NPN members save $500 at Cultural Care Au Pair

*PARENT PERK BY CULTURAL CARE AU PAIR*

If you need a change in childcare, then Cultural Care Au Pair might be the right fit for you! Choosing childcare is no easy decision. Because as parents, we don’t ever want to compromise on quality, flexibility and trust when finding care for the most important people in the world. Hosting a Cultural Care au pair gives thousands of families across the country those very important benefits. We invite you to learn more about who our au pairs are, wh...

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM

I survived the Wisconsin Dells and lived to write about it

Photo: Steven R. Shook/Flickr

It’s a widely known fact that Chicagoans LIVE for summer. I mean, isn’t that why we stick around during the insanely long and rough winter? And if you are anything like me and counting down to summer vacation, let me remind you to put a trip to the Wisconsin Dells on your summer bucket list.

Why do so many Chicago families flock up north every summer? Because the waterpark capital of the world quite literally has it all. As a born and raised Chicagoan I...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 12:04 PM by Amanda Simkin

NPN members save $30 on one week of camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Merry Music Makers, a leading provider of early childhood music education, has teamed up with Chicago Blue Dolphins to offer this unique camp in Edgewater each summer. Kids spend the first half of their day exploring music and after lunch it's into the pool!

The music mornings are led by Merry Music Makers’ teachers who help kids explore the world of sound by offering hands-on experiences with instruments and sounds from culture around the globe. ...

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Let's hear your thoughts on CPS's plan of action regarding sexual abuse

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 by Laura Baginski

Doing the math (yes, even on summer break)

Your preschooler can count to 50, maybe even 100. But does your child know what five means? It turns out that understanding the “fiveness” of five is far more important for a solid foundation in math than the ability to recite a string of numbers in the right order. And you can keep building this foundation all summer long.

Since 2007, the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative has been helping teachers discover ways to improve math instruction for young children. Substitute “par...

Posted on June 08, 2018 at 8:10 AM by Geoffrey Nagle

NPN members get free annual membership at British Swim School

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL*

British Swim School is Chicago's Premier Water Survival & Learn to Swim Program. We have been saving lives since 1981 by giving everyone, regardless of their age or ability level, the chance to become safe and happy swimmers. Our methods are gentle and fun but structured to encourage the growth of the child's comfort, independence and self-esteem through water survival techniques, stroke enhancement and even joining our new recreational swim tea...

Posted on June 05, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% discount at Music House summer camp

*PARENT PERK BY MUSIC HOUSE*

This summer give, your child the opportunity to take a creative journey that will transform them into young artists! At Music House, School of Performing Arts, campers will discover abilities they never knew they had! Kids who are new to music, dance, theater, or art will get hands-on experience with musical instruments, learn how to perform on stage, produce and creatively direct their own music video, and experience dance in a whole new way. Kids with exi...

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Preparing for your child's first overnight summer camp

As a parent and director of an overnight summer camp, I know that at this point in the season, campers and parents begin to experience a wide range of emotions (myself included!). Hopefully, the predominant feelings are those of excitement, but it’s also natural to be apprehensive and nervous. While it may be challenging to deal with these conflicting emotions, there are several things you can do to manage these emotions and set your child up for a successful and fun summer.

Do a dry-r...

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:43 AM by Becky Altman

Scheduling summertime fun with kids after divorce

One of the most complicated and nuanced parts of the dissolution of two parents’ relationship, be it through the process of divorce or through a “parentage” action (where parents are not married), is developing a schedule of parenting time where each parent feels like he or she can continue to be a meaningful part of their child’s life notwithstanding the change of circumstances of one household to two. Plenty of my clients are dismayed by the thought of not spending their every waking mo...

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM by Katy Mickelson

NPN members get discount on registration at CBECC

*PARENT PERK BY CBECC*

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center is having a special NPN open house at our beautiful Lincoln Park campus on Wednesday, May 30 at 9am. We will tour the school and visit classrooms where you will see our children enjoying their morning cycle and accomplishing great things! We will also show you our award-winning outdoor area and tell you about all of the exciting changes we are making for the next schoo...

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM