How to apply for CPS preschools

If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year for 4 magnet preschools are due December 14, 2018. If you are thinking about other preschool programs hosted in CPS schools, the deadline varies as outlined below.

There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementary schools across the city. Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling o...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 10:40 AM by Chicago School GPS

How to apply to a CPS school in 5 easy steps

Photo credit: Bruno Girin/Flickr

CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, December 14, 2018. Students entering kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of pre-k options available as well (click here for the basics on CPS preschool).

In CPS, there are two main types of schools to which you can apply:


Magnet schools and ...

Posted on December 03, 2018 at 8:49 AM by Chicago School GPS

Unschooling is a thing. But is it right for your child?

To school or not to school?

Wait, is that even a question? For hundreds of Chicago-area parents and many more across the nation, it is a very real one. In the past decade, there has been a nationwide surge in parents choosing to homeschool, unschool, or choose a non-traditional school without a fixed curriculum or grades. But why?

Self-Directed Education
Proponents believe that unschooling provides opportunities for children to explore their interests without the limits of a tradit...

Posted on November 08, 2018 at 3:51 PM by Aimee Skinner

3 steps moms can take to get some me time every week

Self-care. It’s a necessity to being the best caregiver you can be to your children. But it’s a low priority for many parents who wear multiple hats to maintain a career (even as Chief Executive Mom), maintain the household, and raise healthy, happy, and well-balanced children.

Confession: I have been there multiple times. Albeit passive-aggressively, but definitely there. I know you may be thinking, “How can I possibly fit in one more thing in an already overcommitted schedule?” But i...

Posted on November 08, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Nicole Walker

Help young kids see the getting season as the giving season, too

We all know how much kids like to receive. You only have to mention Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy to understand how true that is. So how can we teach our children to appreciate that the holiday season is primarily about giving, not getting, and to understand how lucky they are?

Start early. Although giving and gratitude are hard concepts for really little ones to grasp, it’s never too early to start building a culture that embraces them. I’ve heard that by the age of 4 hab...

Posted on November 07, 2018 at 12:29 PM by Fiona Royer

Take the time to learn how to pronounce 'difficult' names

When I met my now-husband, he introduced himself using his middle name, Cyriac. “Cyriac” was especially difficult for me to pronounce because it was completely foreign to my ears. I remember being tongue-tied every time I attempted to say his name.

Because of those earlier awkward, yet amusing, moments, I always give others grace when they have the same experience hearing his name for the first time. Because of that expected awkwardness, in certain situations, my husband sometimes choo...

Posted on November 07, 2018 at 11:42 AM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 25% off at enerGEEwhizz

*PARENT PERK BY ENERGEEWHIZZ*

What if I told you that there is one item that increases brain size, improves focus, decreases stress, and improves academic success for your child? You would run out to purchase this magic solution for success! Well, you do not need to “run” out or pull up your Amazon account to order anything, because the answer is as simple as 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity and the only thing magic about it is the results!

enerGEEwhizz is a one...

Posted on November 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off at Rowan Catering

*PARENT PERK BY ROWAN CATERING*

Make your next event truly special—let the professionals do the work. From public events to corporate meetings, private gathering to weddings, nothing allows you to be a guest at your own event like a catered service. We handle the details, set-up and clean up, leaving you to enjoy your time with your guests. Whether at your home or a venue, 20 people or 200 guests, we can make your event intimate, professional and memorable.

Rowan Catering was forme...

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

New CPS school ratings are out. But what do they mean?

On Friday, Chicago Public Schools released a lot of new data. While CPS's continued enrollment slide made the biggest headlines (enrollment is linked to how much funding each district receives), the new school ratings are likely more important to parents, especially those in the thick of school search. Find out where your school—or the schools you're considering for your child next year—ranks here. 

My son's school's rating dropped from a 1+ to a 1. That's disappointing, for sure, but ...

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM by Laura Baginski

Have a difficult ex? Co-parenting is still possible with these tools

Raising children with another person can be unbelievably stressful. Despite our best efforts to be sensitive to another person’s parenting style or preferred method of discipline, aligning one’s values with the other parent when both parents have strong opinions of the “right” or “wrong” way to rear children can be tricky. 

While parties who don’t have children together can effectively sever ties (absent a financial obligation to the other party), this is an impossibility for parents. ...

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:02 AM by Katy Mickelson