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Whether you need a nanny, nanny share or camp during school breaks, NPN can help you find childcare in Chicago. Learn how to choose a great nanny, then go to the Childcare Classifieds, where parents post recos for childcare providers they love but no longer need. School-age kids have tons of options for fun, engaging camps. Don’t miss our annual Summer Camp Fair in February!


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How to find a nanny
In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. But hiring a nanny to care for your little one can be an intimidating process. As a former nanny and the fo...
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7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better
Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrang...
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How to tell if a summer camp is a good fit for your kid
I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and fa...
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Discussions

Chicago Early Learning Question

It looks like the results for the Chicago Early Learning Infant/Toddler applications were released today. Is this similar to the CPS elementary school process, where you accept the offer, and the program starts on a CPS calendar schedule? And are all of these programs tuition free? (In this case, my...

Where can I find a new/additional babysitter?

We currently have two babysitters, but neither is a reliable go-to, for various reasons:   Our favorite has been in our lives since DD was about 3 or 4yo (she's now 7). We thought we lost her when she went away to college in 2019…but one silver lining of the pandemic is that she moved back...

Who has done a nanny share?

I'm trying to put together a helpful guide to parents about how to create a good nanny share arrangement. What are the essentials to consider when talking to potential families you'd share the nanny with? What did your nanny agreement look like? When did you start looking for a family? Please share ...

Feedback on Skyline Theater for summer camp?

Hi all - seeking feedback on Skyline theater summer camp.  We did Dream Big one summer, but they no longer exist unfortunately.  I have a very dramatic 6-year old - might as well try to channel that “skill”! Anonymous poster hash: a223f...8b8 ...

Summer Day Camp at Catherine Cook

If you are looking for a full day or half day camp for your preschooler or young elementary kid, there are still some spots available at Cook. It's a smaller camp that started last summer. DM if you'd like more info. https://www.catherinecookschool.org/campus-life/summerprograms/daycamps ...


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Preparing for your child's first overnight summer camp

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