Better sleep for your kids: the urban vs. rural difference


It’s back-to-school time, and everyone is trying to get back on a schedule after summer vacation. Getting back on track can be a little more difficult in the city than in a rural or vacation setting. There are simply more sleep-disturbing distractions. But no matter where you live, your child needs adequate sleep to keep up with the social, emotional, and academic demands of their education-centered lives.


Good sleep starts in a healthy sleep environment. The conditions in your...

Posted on September 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Amy Highland

NPN members save 50% off preschool registration at EB Pediatric Resources


EB Pediatric Resources brings therapeutic and educational strategies for child development. We provide a community resource for parents of both typically and atypically developing children. Our mission is to provide family-friendly educational and therapeutic services to Chicago families.

We offer preschool classes, intensive socialization dyads, speech & socialization groups, sensory playgroups, and much more! Our classes are taught by experience...

Posted on September 04, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Here’s what outgoing union chief Karen Lewis told Chicago teachers

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Cassie Walker Burke on August 27, 2018


Retiring Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis, who has been fighting brain cancer, sent a note to Chicago teachers this morning urging them to support former Vice President Jesse Sharkey as her replacement and endorsing CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates for the position of vice-president.

“Our enemies are banking on this transition in CTU leadership to confuse, conflate and co-opt our union,” s...

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Cassie Walker Burke

NPN members get 50% off the application fee at British International School South Loop


What makes our international school special?

With convenient access to family-friendly neighborhoods and renowned cultural landmarks, British International School Chicago South Loop school is the only private school in Chicago offering personalized education to students ages 3 to 18 under one roof. 

Our Highest Quality Learning approach combined with the finest teachers in the world raise the ambitions of every child throu...

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Breastfeeding inequality: it’s time to end the mommy wars

Too much bandwidth is being taken up by the so called "mommy wars."

In this debate, opposing tribes of (typically well-off, middle-class) moms berate each while wielding their totemic claims: “Breast is best” vs “Back off and butt out, it’s every moms right to choose what’s best for her and her baby.”

Now, I’ll be honest. Until recently, I used to be one of these moms. I had breastfed two children and so it was obvious: my team was Breast is Best. In fact, being a blogger, I even po...

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Neve Spicer

NPN members get $30 off sports physicals at Children's Urgent Care


The new school year is just around the corner! Get your athletes prepared for the fall season with Children’s Urgent Care sports physicals.

Children’s Urgent Care is an after hour pediatric-focused immediate care. Our goal is to provide quality pediatric care, while offering convenient and affordable services. We see kids 21 years old and younger, and are open weekdays from 3pm-9pm, and weekends from 9am–7pm.   

What makes Children's Urgen...

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Back-to-school prep tips for parents of kids with special needs

For most parents, back-to-school time means buying the kids a new backpack and shoes, and maybe taking them for a haircut. For parents of kids with special needs, however, going back-to-school can be much more stressful for both them and their children than just a shopping trip to
the mall. Children who are not successful in school, either for emotional/behavioral or academic reasons, often feel happier and calmer over the summer break when they are not dealing with the demands of school...

Posted on August 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lara Cleary

NPN members get 50% off your first month at Children's Lighthouse.


Children's Lighthouse North Center is dedicated to providing educational childcare to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Our mission is to nurture the development of each child's full potential - intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically- in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Each member of our professional and highly-trained staff is committed to standards of excellence in all aspects of education childcare.

Our secure facility i...

Posted on August 07, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Register Now for NPN's Annual School Fair!

Registration for NPN's annual School Fair is now open!

Come to the *only* Chicago school fair that brings together 100 preschools and elementary schools under one roof! Neighborhood Parents Network has everything you need to answer all of your school-search questions. It's a one-stop shop to help you prepare your kids for success in the early years and beyond.

This year's fair features...
• Panel discussions & workshops including "CPS 101" and "Understanding Montessori, Waldorf...

Posted on August 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

'Potty Training for All' Webinar Now Available!

Missed last week's live webinar, "Potty Training for All"? It's now available in our video archive!

Potty-training expert (and developmental and occupational therapist) Dr. Laura Mraz presented an hour's worth of clear and effective strategies for potty training your child.

Viewing is free for members. Visit now!




Posted on July 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera