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NPN’s Education & Community Fair


Community Calendar

Each session and exhibitor is planned with Chicago families in mind! Visit with representatives from schools and community organizations. Attend sessions to learn about the elementary school application process in CPS, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for diverse learners, and financial options for help paying for private school.


Also, your family will enjoy dance performances from Kenwood School of Ballet and story time with St. Thomas the Apostle School. Stay tuned for more!


This is a family-friendly event with activities for children included. 


➤ List of exhibitors




  • 10 am to 11:00 am Paying for Private School
    • Presented by the Big Shoulders Fund, Horizons for Youth, Empower Illinois, and Illinois Action for Children Learn how these organizations support Chicago students financially, academically, and socially, and find out how to apply to their programs.
  • 11:15 am to 12:15 pm CPS 101
    • What is a magnet school? What is your tier and why does it matter? Come to the school fair to get all of these questions answered and more! In this CPS 101 information session, Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS will give a presentation that walks you through the elementary school application and admissions process.
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Understanding IEPs
    • In this session you will learn what an IEP is, how it is designed to help students, and the 6 principals of IDEA. You will walk away with tips on how to be the best advocate for your student during the IEP meeting and other settings.  Presented by Natasha Croff--Parent Involvement Specialist, CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports+Services, and Kimberly Johnson, Regional Cook County Coordinator, Community Residential Services Authority (CRSA)



When: Saturday, October 21, 10 am--2 pm 

Where: Kennicott Park, 4434 South Lake Park Avenue

Who: FREE for everyone ($20 donation recommended)

Registration is required for entry


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 sponsors.


NPN is a 501(c)(3) organization. We rely on the support of our members, partners, supporters, and sponsors to bring exceptional programming like this to parents.


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors

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