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  • May 15, 2022 05:00 AM      May 16, 2022 03:00 AM

    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else.
    With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago.
    Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15.
    Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents
    Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. 
    Thank you to our sponsors:
    Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place

    Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers

    Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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  • Sep 11, 2022 02:00 PM      04:00 PM

    NPN Playdates are back! Join us for STEAM Sunday at Bennett Day School. There will be fun STEAM activities for kids and light snacks. Parents, grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy as your kids experience some fun activities! This event is for kids aged 2 - 5 years old.  Spots are limited so register today!
    Bennett Day School is located at 955 W. Grand Ave. Enter the school from the double doors on Morgan St. Ring the buzzer when you arrive and stop at the front desk to check-in.
    Parking/Public Transportation Information:

    If you are planning to drive, you can park for free in the gravel lot on the NW corner at Morgan and Hubbard (across the street from Bennett's campus). There is also free parking available on the west side of Morgan and south side of Hubbard, or metered parking on Grand Ave.

    Bennett is two blocks west of the Grand Blue Line stop and the Halsted 8 bus, and 2 blocks north of the Pink/Green Line Stop at Morgan if those options are convenient to you.

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    • Emadera3
    • NPN Tareema
    • Member57074
    • Chaya

  • Sep 01, 2021 05:15 PM      06:00 PM

    Are you a new mom with a baby 0-6 months old (or about that age)? If so, this is the group for you! NPN program manager, Tareema, is coordinating these video chats for moms to connect and talk about sleep, feeding, all of the unique challenges and joys you face as new moms. 
    NPN New Moms Groups meet every Wednesday from 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM via Zoom.  We encourage you to attend every week!
    These chats are for NPN members only. Please login to RSVP for free.  You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link immediately after registering. Not a member of NPN? Join now and enjoy everything NPN has to offer!
    Thank you to our New Moms Group presenting sponsor, Erikson Institute. NPN is proud to share information about Erikson Institute's Fussy Baby Network:
    The Fussy Baby Network offers a range of parent support services around crying, sleeping, and feeding issues for babies and toddlers up to age 3. We provide free phone support through our warmline, staffed by our warm and caring family/infant specialists. We also offer free virtual home visits to families no matter where they live. Finally, we provide support groups for parents to talk together about the challenges they face and how they cope. All of our services are available in English and Spanish.

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    • NPN Amy J.
    • Sarah4097

  • May 07, 2022 05:00 PM      10:00 PM

    Get the support and resources your child needs at our IN-PERSON fair
    NPN will follow all IDPH and City of Chicago COVID guidelines. Check back for the latest updates.
    If your child has a physical, developmental or intellectual challenge, NPN's 11th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair can help. Our free fair puts you in touch with school options, therapy providers and more resources that will encourage your child to reach his or her highest potential. Your child does not need to have a diagnosis for you to benefit from the resources offered at this fair. Parents with concerns about their child's development due to COVID regression will find help here.
    Parents can chat with speech, occupational, physical and ABA therapy providers; schools; fun extracurricular options; and more at the exhibitor booths. Plus, get advice and strategies you can use immediately at free expert-led sessions.
    Exhibit Hall Hours 1:00 - 4:00pm
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    Sessions - These in-person sessions will be recorded. RSVP today to receive a link to the live recordings after the event.
    12:00 - 1:00pm IEP Questions & Answers with Mo Buti 
    Mo Buti M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN, QIDP, is an advocate and instructional expert who is devoted to supporting individuals and families affected by autism and other disabilities. Providing guidance and support to navigate the school district’s complex systems, she assists parents with every stage of the IEP process. This session will start with a short presentation from Mo, and then open up to questions from the audience. Prior to attending this session, we strongly encourage parents to watch our previously recorded session, IEP 101. Find more free IEP-related sessions in NPN's Video Library.
    One attendee at this session will win a free IEP evaluation session with Mo! Must be present to win. 
    3:15 - 3:45pm Paying for Services through Grants and Government Programs
    Kimi Matsumura is the founder and CEO of Chicago Autism Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families find and afford effective autism therapy and supports. Kimi will speak about Health Insurance Premium Payment grants (HIPP), Priority of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS), Supplemental Security Insurance for Children (SSI), local private grants, national private grants, and Medicaid.
    Attendees at this session will be able to sign up to receive Kimi's detailed slides to reference after the event.
    4:00 - 5:00pm From Recreation to Competition: Enrichment Opportunities for Your Child
    Chicago has so many enrichment opportunities for your child and in this session you will hear from some of the best. Learn how your child can become a competitive or performing participant, or simply have fun. 
    Our esteemed presenters are:
    Sam Mauceri, Director of Education & Access Programs, Chicago Children's Theatre
    Blair Sarkiss, Master Instructor, HMD Academy Chicago Tae Kwon Do
    Eileen Guinane, Special Olympics Administrator, Chicago Park District Special Recreation and Special Olympics
    Catherine Attfield, Studio Manager, Intrigue Dance & Performance Arts Center
    John Fitzpatrick, Owner and Head Coach, Chicago Blue Dolphins
    Laura Fillenwarth, Executive Director, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Chicago
    This panel is presented to you by Chicago Children's Theatre and  HMD Academy Chicago Tae Kwon Do
    When: Saturday, May 7 12pm–5pm  (exhibit hall hours are 1:00 - 4:00)
    Where: UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago
    Who: Open to the public! Registration required. This event is designed for adults but we understand that arranging childcare can be difficult. Parents attending with children will not be turned away.
    Cost: FREE. $25 donation recommended. Donate here. NPN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely on your financial support to bring free resources like this to Chicago families.
    Covid precautions: NPN will follow all IDPH and City of Chicago Covid guidelines. As the guidelines change periodically, check back for updates.
    Interested in exhibiting or advertising opportunities? Find out more HERE.
    Questions? Email Events Manager Elizabeth Gourio at egourio@npnparents.org.
    By registering for this event, you agree that NPN may share your name and email address with our presenting sponsors.

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    • ChicagoRiverMom
    • NPN Laura
    • Amy Johnson
    • NPN Tareema
    • Member60844

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