Preschool vs. pre-k: What's the difference?

As summer nears, families across Chicago inevitably start to ask themselves if their child should go to preschool or pre-kindergarten. If they are currently enrolled in an early childhood program, they start to wonder if they need to find a pre-kindergarten program when their child turns three, leaving their current program even if they are happy there.

In a city full of early childhood options, it’s no surprise that families find themselves asking this question as they start to think ...

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:36 PM by Creative Scholars Preschool

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law


Cindy K. Campbell works with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so we can build relationships and continue to serve our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We work with all income lev...

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Mother's Day ideas for Chicago moms

Moms are incredibly resilient and inspiring. We play instrumental roles in shaping the lives of our children. The communities we live in rely on us and our dedication. Our households function under the faith that we’ll always be there to maintain order (or at least the perception of order!). It’s no question that we are the backbones of our families.

These are just some of the many reasons why there is a national holiday for us! Every generation of moms inspires the next, just like the...

Posted on May 09, 2019 at 9:18 AM by Keisha Mathew

To the moms running on fumes, this is how to refill the tank

Mom, have you ever had the feeling that you are running on fumes? Has your tank ever felt empty already when you were waking up in the morning? Have you gone to bed with your mind racing with all the things you need to get done the next day only to be in a twilight sleep the entire night and wake up as tired as you were when you first went to bed?

If you are like most moms, you have probably felt like this on more than one occasion. If you are a normal mom, you have probably felt like ...

Posted on May 09, 2019 at 9:04 AM by Nicole Walker

NPN members get 5% off Camp GEMS


Camp GEMS, a summer day camp designed and organized by teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago, offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate framework in place at the school and is inspired by one of GEMS students’ favorite parts of school: Field Studies! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, en...

Posted on May 07, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Join the movement for Lurie Children's


Move for Kids, presented by Hub Group, is a three-mile walk and rally for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Open to participants of all ages, the walk takes place along the Chicago lakefront, ending with a celebration at Soldier Field. The event features music, entertainment, games and the Grant Thornton 100-meter Kids’ Dash, all in support of the patients at Lurie Children’s. Rally your friends and family and help to change ...

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off speech summer camp


EB Pediatrics' Summer Speech Camp kicks off soon!

Led by a Speech Language Pathologist, the program allows your child to improve communication and socialization skills during class time, snack time and play time.

We offer art and music activities that incorporate fun weekly summer themes (including Bugs, Camping, Beach and Friendship), keeping your child engaged while learning.

Our class size is small, only 6 children per class, so res...

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM

CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time and full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2019-2020 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), formerly known as “Re...

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

Chicago pediatrician: 'Measles keeps me up at night'

My 4-year-old and I had a date with our pediatrician yesterday. Though kids can get their second MMR vaccine any time between 4 and 6 years old, he received his second MMR vaccine exactly a week after his 4th birthday. After the visit, we got cinnamon rolls (and a large coffee for me) and I told him how proud and excited I was that he was protected against measles and a bunch of other nasty diseases much better now. 

It sounds pretty cheesy, but I said this out loud to him and I woke u...

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:03 AM by Marielle Fricchione

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 April 23, 2019 at 12:12 PM