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  5. Go to: NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School exhibitor website NPN's Annual Preschool & Elementary School parent website Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair 2019 Sponsor Kit Saturday, September 14, 2019 UIC Student Center East 750 South Halsted Street Chicago, Illinois 60607 Contact Amy to ask about bundling sponsorships & marketing opportunities Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, (773) 789-7002 Presenting Sponsor, $5,000 (sold out) • Logo displayed as "presenting sponsor" on NPN's school fair event page
 • Sponsor name, link on reminder email to school fair registration list
 • Priority placement of logo on cover of school fair program provided to every attendee at check-in. 
 • Logo on ALL school fair-related emails (28K)
 • Complimentary exhibitor table 
 • Opportunity to select exhibitor table for prominent placement in exhibitor hall
 • Logo displayed on attendee bag provided to every attendee at check-in
 • Complimentary inclusion in attendee bags (400 items)
 • Verbal acknowledgement at the beginning of breakout sessions
 • Social media mentions
 Exclusive to Presenting Sponsor • Opportunity to speak for 1 minute at the beginning of each workshop (optional)
 • Collect attendee's email addresses via an event raffle that NPN will organize and facilitate. (Typically, 90% of families enter the raffle and give us permission to share their email address with our sponsor.)
 • Opportunity to host an NPN event in your space within 12 months
 • Opportunity to have one school/business open house posted on the NPN calendar
 • Dedicated email blast to NPN members or school fair attendees mailing list about your business (content pending NPN approval). Timing to be agreed upon by NPN and sponsoring business. Recognized as school fair presenting sponsor in eblast.
 • Complimentary ½ page ad in school fair program
 Major Sponsor, $2,500 (sold out) • Logo displayed as "major sponsor" on NPN's school fair event page
 • Sponsor name, link on reminder email to school fair registration list
 • Prominent placement of logo on cover of school fair program provided to every attendee at check-in. 
 • Logo on select school fair-related emails (28K)
 • Complimentary exhibitor table 
 • Opportunity to select exhibitor table for prominent placement in exhibitor hall
 • Logo displayed on attendee bag provided to every attendee at check-in
 Exclusive to Major Sponsor Level and Above • Complimentary inclusion in attendee bags (400 items)
 • Verbal acknowledgement at the beginning of breakout sessions
 • Social media mentions
 Attendee Bag Sponsor, $2,000 (sold out) Put your brand in every parent's hand and home! Provide every attendee with a take-home bag with your logo. Bag will be ordered by NPN. Attendee bag sponsor's logo will be the only logo on side A. NPN's logo and presenting sponsor logos will be on side B. • Logo displayed as "supporting sponsor" on NPN's school fair event page
 • Sponsor name, link on reminder email to school fair registration list
 • Prominent placement of logo on cover of school fair program provided to every attendee at check-in. 
 • Logo on select school fair-related emails (28K)
 • Complimentary exhibitor table 
 Exclusive to Attendee Bag Sponsor Level and Above • Opportunity to select exhibitor table for prominent placement in exhibitor hall
 • Logo displayed on attendee bag provided to every attendee at check-in. Prominent, exclusive logo placement on side A of the bag.
 Supporting Sponsor, $1,500 (5 available) • Logo displayed as "supporting sponsor" on NPN's school fair event page
 • Sponsor name, link on reminder email to school fair registration list
 • Logo on cover of school fair program provided to every attendee at check-in. 
 Exclusive to Supporting Sponsor Level and Above • Logo on one school fair-related email (28K)
 • Complimentary exhibitor table 
 Special Thanks Sponsor, $1,000 (6 available) • Logo displayed as "special thanks sponsor" on school fair event page
 • Sponsor name, link on reminder email to school fair registration list
 • Logo on cover of school fair program provided to every attendee at check-in. 
 Attendee Bag Insert, $500 (10 available, 5 remaining) • Gain additional exposure with attendees by providing a marketing piece or other item for inclusion in the attendee bag. Attendee bag insert must be created, produced, and delivered by sponsoring company. 400 items delivered to NPN by 9/5/19. NPN is located at 3701 N. Ravenswood. Contact Amy at amy@npnparents.org to schedule delivery. • Logo on NPN event page
 Choose Your Table for Prominent Place in Exhibitor Hall, $200 (unlimited) Select your exhibitor table from a map. (Schools are typically arranged alphabetically. Business exhibitors are arranged alphabetically in their own section.) Does not include exhibitor fee. Facebook Tag, $200 (4 available, 2 remaining) One Facebook tag related to event. 15K Facebook followers. NPN will create two Facebook posts leading up to event, with the opportunity for two businesses tagged per post. Logo on Event Page, $150 (unlimited) • Logo displayed on Preschool & Elementary School Fair event page. 
 • Sponsor recognition and link in pre-event email to all attendees. 
 Session Chair Drop, $50 per workshop (8 available = 4 per workshop. Session 1 sold out, 2 remaining for session 2, CPS 101) • Take advantage of the most targeted marketing opportunity at the fair. Provide a postcard, brochure, or flyer that NPN staff will drop on every chair before the start of one session. 50 items per workshop. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss appropriate session pairings.
 • Logo displayed as "special thanks sponsor" on NPN's school fair event page
 Contact Amy to discuss sponsor packages and opportunities Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, (773) 789-7002
  6. Member video only *Note: This video is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Why is talking to your preteen about sex and sexuality important? What if you are terrified of talking to your preteen about sex? How do you even begin this conversation? Licensed therapist and sexuality educator sexologist Jennifer Litner answers these questions and plenty of your own, describes the benefits of sex-positive parenting, and debunks some of the myths surrounding sexuality. Download Ms. Litner's handout of resources to help you approach the topic with your child. Jennifer Litner, MSC, LMFT, CST is a licensed psychotherapist and sexuality educator who is passionate about helping people navigate sexuality-related concerns. Ms. Litner is the founder and director of Embrace Sexual Wellness, LLC, a sexual wellness center providing sex therapy and sexuality education programming in Chicago. As a sexuality educator, Ms. Litner offers training on various sexuality-related topics, including Sex- Positive Parenting, Keeping the Flame Alive in Long-Term Relationships, Millennial Romance, as well as Safer Sex and Hookup Culture. Additionally, Ms. Litner is a professor at Adler University in Chicago where she teaches masters and doctoral students in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy. Ms. Litner's work has been published in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, Kinkly, Kinsey Confidential, and Love Magazine.
  7. Member video only *Note: This video is available for NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. This 37-minute video will help you better understand how to keep your child safe online. You’ll learn about the pros and cons of internet safety apps and monitoring systems, how to detect and prevent cyberbullying and cyberdrama, and the many online trends and how they may affect your child. We also discuss the latest social media apps and how kids use them. Visit Dr. Kortney Peagram's Parent Hub via GoogleDocs for additional resources and handouts on this topic: Parent Hub Dr. Kortney Peagram is the president and owner of Bulldog Solution, which provides schools with social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, professional development trainings, and student programs to eliminate bullying, violence and cyberbullying. Dr. Peagram works with organizations to provide programs on leadership, conflict management, team building, group management, diversity, compassion, bullying and cyberbullying. She is also an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Due to her experience in the field, Dr. Peagram was featured as an expert on CBS, NPR, Fox News, PBS, and Chicago Parent.
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    Protecting Your Child From Bullying

    Members video only *Note: This video is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Is your child experiencing bullying, or do you suspect bullying is happening? In this 48-minute video, you’ll learn the difference between bullying and drama, how to open a conversation with your child, and strategies to address and prevent bullying. Visit Dr. Kortney Peagram's Parent Hub via GoogleDocs for additional resources and handouts on this topic: Parent Hub Dr. Kortney Peagram is the president and owner of Bulldog Solution, which provides schools with social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, professional development trainings, and student programs to eliminate bullying, violence and cyberbullying. Dr. Peagram works with organizations to provide programs on leadership, conflict management, team building, group management, diversity, compassion, bullying and cyberbullying. She is also an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Due to her experience in the field, Dr. Peagram was featured as an expert on CBS, NPR, Fox News, PBS, and Chicago Parent.
  9. IEP Meeting: What To Expect From Start To Finish Your child has been evaluated and found eligible for special education services. Now, you will be attending your first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. During this webinar, autism and special education advocate Mo Buti discusses what to expect during an IEP meeting, how to prepare for the meeting and key points in the IEP document. Outside Evaluations and Reports to Obtain and/or Incorporate into the IEP This 20-minute webinar will help parents of children with and without an Individualized Education Program (IEP) navigate what to do with reports obtained outside of school. Whether you have an assessment, a tutor's progress report, a doctor's report, or other forms of documentation, this webinar will inform you how to use this information to assist the school in determining appropriate services for your child. You will learn tools you can use right away including: Types of reports that can be used to obtain an IEP or used for appropriate modifications to an existing IEP Sample emails to school administrators The time frame schools legally have to respond to your requests How to be an advocate for your child with special needs Your Child Has An IEP...And There Are Some Red Flags...Now What? If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and you have found yourself wondering if the IEP actually meets your child's needs, then this webinar is for you! Special education advocate Mo Buti joins us for the second installment of NPN's IEP series with My IEP: Red Flags. You will learn about some possible "red flags," learn how to identify them and then what to do to resolve these concerns in a proactive way. This webinar will help you address what to do when there is: No homework Feedback on benchmarks Lack of communication And, much more! Mo Buti, AiepA: Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism With over 27 years of experience, Mo is a practiced professional in the field of special education, providing services and support to those with disabilities and their families. She assists parents with every stage of the IEP process, ensuring that students receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Mo consults with families to determine specific educational solutions, services and programs, as well as appropriate placements, to meet student’s individual needs to capitalize on their strengths. She works to further the individual’s educational, social-emotional and vocational goals to help realize maximum potential.
  10. Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, (773) 789-7002 Sponsor NPN’s Developmental Differences Parent Support Group Reach NPN’s community of parents of children with developmental differences. Attended by 8 - 20 parents each month, representing a wide age-range of children Open to NPN members and non-members. These parents: Are conscious consumers dedicated to their child’s health, well-being and development. Value diversity, education, safety and community. Often work full time and are invested in finding the best childcare options, schools, and enrichment activities for their children. Build the Sponsor Package that is Right for Your Business All opportunities listed are per quarter (Jan–Mar; Apr–June; July–Sept; Oct–Dec) $150 Business name and link on reminder email email to every parent who has registered for the event and on every Developmental Differences Parent Support Group event page for each quarter. Your business name and website link will reach 20-60 parents each per quarter. $500 Dedicated email blast to Developmental Differences Parent Support Group mailing list on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval). 1200 emails. Includes logo on Developmental Differences Parent Support Group event page for one quarter. Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more and to reserve a sponsorship item.
  11. Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, 773-789-7002 Sponsor an NPN Education or Social Event Align your business with NPN's mission to connect a diverse community of families by providing support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Reach NPN’s community of 4,000 members and subscriber list of 30K (member list/subscriber list determined by event). Education topics include Chicago school choice (navigating the public and private school landscape in Chicago), childcare, toddler discipline, CPR, infant massage, and baby/toddler sign language. Social events are play dates for parents and children. Hosting opportunities are available for some events. Sponsors are not required to host the event. Businesses and schools with a limited budget are encouraged to contact Amy at amy@npnparents.org to discuss opportunities. Experiential & In-Person Engagement $500 NPN will organize and facilitate a raffle at the event to collect and share attendees’ email addresses to add to your subscriber list. $300 NPN will introduce you and you will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes about your business to the parent audience. Information table included. $100 Staff an information table at an event and speak directly to parents. NPN to provide snacks or beverages at your table to increase engagement. Print Promotions $250 Provide 20 - 100 marketing items (postcards, brochures, etc.) to be handed to every event attendee by NPN staff. Items must be delivered to NPN office in coordination with NPN staff member. Online Promotions $500 - $1000 depending on subscriber list. Logo and link on every event-related email prior to the event. 4K - 30K subscriber list $600 Dedicated email blast to NPN members on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval). Recognized as a sponsor of the event. 4K mailing list. $150 Logo displayed on event web page. Includes sponsor recognition and link in pre-event email to all attendees. In-Kind donation of Food or Beverages Provide snacks, appetizers, meals, dessert, water, coffee, or wine for our event attendees. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, healthy snack options, and desserts. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. 
 Calendar of Education and Social Event Sponsor Opportunities - Check back for updates January 2019 Songs & Stories - online promotions only February 2019 Working Moms Happy Hour - Go to sponsor kit Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Songs & Stories - online promotions only Family Playtime - online promotions only March 2019 Developmental Differences Resource Fair - Go to sponsor kit Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Songs & Stories - online promotions only Family Playtime - online promotions only April 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit CPS 101(Navigating preschool and elementary school options in Chicago Public Schools) Songs & Stories - online promotions only Family Playtime - online promotions only May 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit CPS 201 (Navigating the selective enrollment elementary schools in Chicago Public Schools) Songs & Stories - online promotions only Family Playtime - online promotions only June 2019 Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Songs & Stories - online promotions only Family Playtime - online promotions only July 2019 Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit CPR Family Playtime - online promotions only August 2019 Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Preschool Philosophies Family Playtime - online promotions only September 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Infant Massage Annual School Fair - Go to sponsor kit Family Playtime - online promotions only October 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit High School Admissions (public and private schools in Chicago) Sign Language Family Playtime - online promotions only Fright Free Halloween Fest - sponsor kit to come November 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Private Schools Admission Directors Panel Discussion CPR Infant Massage Family Playtime - online promotions only December 2019 Member Mingle - Go to sponsor kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group - Go to sponsor kit Childcare Panel Discussion: Full-time and Flexible Options Family Playtime - online promotions only Also: Toddler Discipline, month TBD Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more.
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    New Moms Group 2019 Sponsor Kit

    New Moms Groups are amazing and unique ways for new moms to meet and connect over shared changes, challenges and joys. Meetings are hosted by NPN member volunteers in their homes. New Moms Groups meet for 90 minutes for three consecutive weeks. Each group is limited to 8-10 moms. They are a free benefit of NPN membership and often lead to ongoing playgroups and life-long friendships. Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, (773) 789-7002 Sponsor the NPN New Moms Groups Reach NPN’s community of new moms. NPN’s new moms: Are conscious consumers dedicated to their child’s health, well-being and development. Value diversity, education, safety and community. Often work full time and are invested in finding the best childcare options, schools, and enrichment activities for their children. Support young families in Chicago and align your business with Neighborhood Parents Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization known for providing resources and support to families throughout Chicago for almost 40 years. Build the Sponsor Package that is Right for Your Business All opportunities listed are per quarter (Jan–Mar; Apr–June; July–Sept; Oct–Dec) $150 Business name and link on pre- and post-event email and on every New Moms Group event page. Your business name and website link will reach approximately 60 new moms at least three times each per quarter. $500 Dedicated email blast to NPN new moms group members from sponsored quarter on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval). Email reaches approximately 60 new moms each quarter. Includes business name and link on pre- and post-event email and on every New Moms Group event page. In addition to the dedicated email blast, your business name and website link will reach approximately 60 new moms at least three times each per quarter. In-kind Virtual Goody Bag Item Provide a gift certificate for free product or service to our New Moms Group participants and hosts. Item must be redeemable via a hyperlink, phone call, or email. Item will be distributed by NPN staff to participants via email. Offer must be unique and not available to the general public. Subject to NPN approval. Coupons for a percentage off and similar discounts are not accepted. Attachments (such as gift certificates in pdf format) not accepted. Contact amy@npnparents.org for more information. Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more and to reserve a sponsorship item.
  13. 4:00 - 6:00 pm one Saturday or Sunday per month Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, 773-789-7002 Sponsor and host an NPN Member Mingle Provide NPN member families with young children an opportunity to play together in your school or businesses Reach NPN’s community of 4,000 members Promote your school by opening up your early childhood spaces to play NPN will promote the event, collect RSVPs, provide pizza and snacks, and have one staff member onsite to facilitate check-in and welcome families to the mingle. Optional: Provide tours to interested parents Facilitate a special craft project or activity Have admissions staff, teachers, and/or current families at the event to answer questions about your school and help the event run smoothly How It Works Our host/sponsors receive all of the sponsor benefits below (a $2,000 value) at a discounted bundled fee of $500. Businesses that would like to sponsor but not host a member mingle may reserve individual opportunities below at the listed price. Businesses and schools with a limited budget are encouraged to contact Amy at amy@npnparents.org to discuss opportunities. Experiential & In-Person Engagement $500 NPN will organize and facilitate a raffle at the event to collect and share attendees’ email addresses to add to your subscriber list. $300 NPN will introduce you and you will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes about your business to this parent audience. Online Promotions $250 Logo and link on every event-related email prior to the event. $1,000 Dedicated email blast to NPN members on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval). Recognized as a sponsor of the NPN Member Mingle that you host. 4K mailing list. Available Months September 2019 - Bennett Day School October 2019 November 2019 - Black Bear Academy December 2019 January 2020 - Smart Love Preschool, 1/25/2020 February 2020 - March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 - Smart Love Preschool, 5/30/20 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more.
  14. NPN Kim

    CPS 101: Video Series

    Member only videos *Note: This web series is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. CPS 101: Preschool Options A quality preschool program can be magical for both the child and their family, but first you have to get in to one. In this first installment of a four-part series that helps parents navigate Chicago Public Schools, Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS and Elizabeth Knutson of NPN discuss preschool programs in CPS, including exceptions to preschool. Learn about the two different programs, tuition (if applicable) and how to apply. Recorded in November 2018. CPS 101: Neighborhood, Magnet Cluster, Open Enrollment, and Magnet Schools The idea of applying to public schools can be hard to grasp and the variety of options can be overwhelming, but NPN can get you through it. In this second installment of a four-part series that helps parents navigate Chicago Public Schools, Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS and Elizabeth Knutson of NPN explain it all in a way you can understand and remember. They discuss most elementary school programs beginning in kindergarten in great depth. Selective enrollment elementary schools that require testing for entry (gifted, classical) are covered in the video CPS 101: Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools. Recorded November 2018. CPS 101: Understanding Tiers You’ve heard about tiers, but you aren’t sure what they are, which one you’re in, and if you should care. In this last installment of a four-part series that helps parents navigate Chicago Public Schools, Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS tells you how to look up your tier and explains how tiers affect the lottery, acceptance and waitlist systems. Recorded in February 2019. CPS 101: Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools What are selective enrollment schools? What is the difference between a classical and gifted school? What is the test like? How do the lottery selection and waitlist systems work? In this third installment of a four-part series that helps parents navigate Chicago Public Schools, Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS and Elizabeth Knutson of NPN take a deep dive into this topic to answer common questions and share their personal experience with the testing process. Recorded December 2018. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago Schools GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school. Elizabeth Knutson, NPN: Elizabeth joined NPN as its Executive Director in August 2016 and is responsible for the long-term strategic direction and day-to-day management of the organization. She has spent 13 years in member-based non-profits, most recently as the Director of Marketing at the American Planning Association and, before that, as the Director of Marketing at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Elizabeth lives in Ravenswood Manor with her husband and two daughters.
  15. Go to: Working Moms Happy Hour 2019 Sponsor Kit Developmental Differences 2019 Sponsor Kit Developmental Differences Parent Support Group 2019 Sponsor Kit Member Mingle 2019 Sponsor Kit New Moms Group 2019 Sponsor Kit Education and Social Events 2019 Sponsor Kit Experiential & In-Person Engagement, Online Marketing and Print Promotions Availability and pricing vary by event. Ask Amy about bundling opportunities: amy@npnparents.org Experiential & In-Person Engagement NPN will organize and facilitate a raffle at an event to collect and share attendees’ email addresses to add to your subscriber list. NPN will introduce you and you will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes about your business to the event audience (parents). Staff an information table at an event and speak directly to parents. NPN to provide snacks or beverages at your table to increase engagement. Host a Member Mingle – inquire about host/sponsor opportunity and benefits Print Promotion Logo on attendee bag given to every event attendee. Inclusion in attendee bags. Display stand-up banner at an event. Logo displayed on handout given to every attendee at event. Advertise in event program. (Email jana@npnparents.org to learn more.) Online Promotion Logo and link on every event-related email before and after an event. 4K - 30K email list. Dedicated email blast to NPN members on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval) before or after event. 5K mailing list. One Facebook tag related to event. 14K FB followers. NPN will create two FB posts leading up to event, with the opportunity for two businesses tagged per post. Logo displayed on event web page. Includes sponsor recognition and link in pre-event email to all attendees. In-Kind donation of Food or Beverages Provide snacks, appetizers, meals, dessert, water, coffee, or wine for our event attendees. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, healthy snack options, and desserts. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. Upcoming Events, Programs, and Videos Available for Sponsorships On-Demand Video Topics - Some experiential in-person engagement opportunities apply. Some online opportunities apply. Adulting College Savings Getting Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact, 3-part series - available now! Midlife Crisis Mindfulness in Parenting Miscarriage Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders – available now! Sex After Baby Chicago School Choice Chicago Public and Private Preschool Primer – available now! CPS 101, four-part series – available now! Developmental Differences Care for the Caregiver Home Hacks for Sensory Integration IEP 101, three-part series Parent Toolbox: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Young Child with Special Needs Succeed Potty Training for All Abilities Middle School and Beyond City Transit Drivers Ed Summer Jobs Talking About Sex Vaping New & Expectant Parents Healthy and Happy Sleep for You and Baby – available now! Maternity Leave Planning Returning to Work after Maternity Leave Separation Anxiety in the Early Years – available now! Parenting 411 Internet Safety Ask a Nanny Embracing Diversity Bullying Parenting an Anxious Child – available now! In-Person Events 2019 - Most experiential and in-person engagement opportunities, print and online promotion opportunities and in-kind donations apply to in-person events. Month Event Expected Attendance February Working Moms Happy Hour (sponsor kit) 70 working moms March Developmental Differences Resource Fair (sponsor kit) 300 parents of children ages 0 – 14+ years 1-2-3 Magic with Dr. Phelan 100 parents of children ages 1 – 5 years April CPS 101 100 parents of children ages 1-5 years May CPS 201: Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools 100 parents of children ages 1-5 years August Preschool Philosophies Panel Discussion 50 parents of children ages 0 – 2 years September Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair 400 parents of children ages 0 – 5 years October High School Admissions 101 25 parents of children ages 5 – 13 years Fright-Free Halloween Fest 150 families with children ages 0– 5 years November Private School Admissions Directors Panel Discussion 30 parents of children ages 0 – 4 years December Childcare 101: Full-Time & Flexible Options Panel Discussion 30 expecting parents Monthly Ongoing Opportunities NPN Member Mingles, January – May; September – December 2019 Expected attendance: 30-60 parents and children ages 0 – 3 years All experiential and in-person engagement opportunities, some online promotion opportunities and some in-kind donations apply. Ask Amy about hosting a member mingle in your space. New Moms Groups, January – December 2019 Expected attendance: 20 new moms of children ages 2 – 12 months/month, total 240 moms each year Some online promotion opportunities apply Developmental Differences Parent Support Group, January – December 2019 Expected attendance: 5 – 15 parents of children ages 0 – 18 years each month Some online promotion opportunities apply Other Promotion and Advertising Opportunities Submit an event to the NPN Calendar Add your school, camp or enrichment activity to our Schools Resources Map Purchase print or online advertising by contacting Jana Kline: jana@npnparents.org Update your school listing
  16. Member-Only Videos Note: This web series is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Guidance for Single Parents on Child Support and Contribution to Child's Expenses The child support law in Illinois drastically changed in 2017 and left many wondering how it would or could affect the outcome of their own child support obligation or award. In this first installment of a three-part series that addresses financial considerations in divorce, Jennifer Guimond-Quigley of the Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley highlights the key provisions of the new child support law, sample applications of the law, how parents may be able to obtain more than what the law provides, and under what circumstances a change may be warranted. Protecting Your Assets After Divorce Divorce affects everything, including what protections need to be put in place to plan for your estate in the event of disability or death. In this second installment of a three-part series that addresses financial considerations in divorce, Jennifer Guimond-Quigley of the Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley will discuss what estate planning mechanisms and asset protection tools are no longer available once a divorce occurs and what people may want to consider when putting together their estate plan in light of their new single status. Divorce and Taxes Is property division in a divorce a taxable event? How do we divide taxable accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s without penalty? What are the tax impact(s) of maintenance and child support? These questions are common and it's important for anyone going through a divorce or considering a divorce to have an understanding of the tax impact of certain events they may encounter. In this third installment of a three-part series that addresses financial considerations in divorce, Jennifer Guimond-Quigley of the Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley will discuss the impact of some of the most common transfers, transactions and payments pursuant to a divorce. Jennifer Guimond-Quigley owns and operates a family law practice in downtown Chicago, focusing exclusively on family planning and litigation. She has been a part of the NPN community since 2009 in various capacities, including presiding over its Board of Directors from 2013–2017. In her spare time, Jennifer loves exploring all the city has to offer with her husband and two kids.
  17. Whether your child is in Head Start, Pre-K or Kindergarten, you'll benefit from this overview of the processes and procedures necessary for your child’s education. Topics include parent rights and responsibilities, the special education process, special education options, and where to find resources and support. Evelyn Polk Green is the STARNET Region V Project Director. She has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years, working as a teacher assistant, classroom teacher, resource specialist, coach and administrator. A graduate of National Louis and Northern Illinois Universities, Evelyn is active in child and adult mental health advocacy. She serves as a member of the Network on Children’s Mental Health Research funded by the MacArthur Foundation and is a past board member and National President of both the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
  18. MEMBER-ONLY VIDEO Note: This webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Postpartum depression occurs in approximately 20 percent of all new mothers. It’s considered the number one postpartum childbirth complication. After this webinar, you will have a better understanding of how perinatal mental health extends beyond depression, impacts the entire family, and can be identified before the family is in crisis. Topics covered: * Perinatal mental health diagnoses and presentations * Risks factors, special populations, and situations that require referral * Tips for how to engage a new or expecting parent in a dialogue about perinatal mental health and how to best offer support * Cultural considerations * Assessment/screening * Resources Presenter: Nancy Segall is a founder and the Clinical Director of Beyond the Baby Blues. She is a social worker and credentialed Illinois Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist with over 30 years experience working with mothers, children and other mental health professionals. She has an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago, is on the Adjunct Faculty of The Chicago Center for Family Health, and has a private practice in which she works primarily with women who have a Postpartum Mood Disorder. She is a past president of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health, manages the Association's professional listserv, and is a consultant to other infant mental health providers. Presenter: Claire Zawa is Birthways’ Care Manager where she helps families prepare for and connect with a range of services focused on the childbearing years. She is a DONA-certified Labor Support doula, an experienced postpartum doula, and a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting teacher.
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    Trial Membership

    Thanks for your interest in a free trial membership with Neighborhood Parents Network! Expectant, new and seasoned parents come to NPN to find what they need to tackle the everyday challenges of being a Chicago parent. Whether online or in person, NPN makes it easy to find support, must-have information and amazing city events. A 7-day trial membership is a great way check out all NPN offers before becoming a full member. With your free 7-day trial, you'll be able to: Gain read-only access to our Main Discussion Forum Check out the events on the NPN calendar and RSVP to non–member-only events Browse public and private Chicago schools, enrichment activities and camps using our School Resources Map Read about parenting news, local events and member-written essays on our blog You will NOT be able to: Reply to topics in our discussion forum Access the Childcare Classifieds RSVP to member-only events on the NPN calendar Access the My Directory tool for your school search Access Parent Perks—discounts and special offers exclusively for NPN members Sign up for your free 7-day trial membership here. To access ALL of the resources you'll need to navigate city parenting, you can upgrade to a full NPN membership. As a member of our community, you'll get: Childcare Classifieds - Find a parent-recommended nanny or babysitter from a source you can trust. Parent Education - NPN hosts parent workshops on topics such as infant sleep and potty training with some of the most well-respected experts in their fields. Discussion Forum - Pose a question or jump in with an answer to everything from labor/delivery to schools to where to find a plumber on a moment's notice. Post as yourself or anonymously. School Search - We have a robust school directory that you can search by your own criteria, school choice programming and our big annual School Fair—membership gives you free admission to the fair. Parent Perks - Your NPN membership gives you thousands of dollars in discounts from local and national businesses that cater to parents. Fun events every month - Our calendar is full of parties, play dates and moms' nights out, and many are FREE! New Moms Groups - Meet moms who face the same changes, challenges and joys you are experiencing as a new parent. Parent to Parent newsletter - Our quarterly print newsletter is filled with parenting advice and stories from our members. Sign up for a full NPN membership here.
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    School Membership

    NPN is the No. 1 resource for Chicago parents looking for the right school for their child. Whether online using our School Directory and discussion forum or in person at our many School Choice workshops and annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair, NPN provides parents with the information they need to make an informed decision for their family. Become an NPN School Member to get in front of the thousands of Chicago parents seeking information about your school! JOIN as a school - $60 for one year* Join NPN and our other business members at our quarterly NPN Business Networking events Interact directly with NPN members via our active discussion forum Host an NPN event at your space Connect with our members and social media audience with sponsored blog post *NPN reserves the right to amend any discounts or benefits at any time. Membership fee is non-refundable.
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    Business Membership

    Become an NPN business member and connect not just with fellow family-friendly business owners, but also our community of 4,000 Chicago parents! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to connecting parents with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. JOIN as a business or non-profit - $75 for one year* Join NPN and our other business members at our quarterly NPN Business Networking events Interact directly with NPN members via our active discussion forums Offer NPN members-only special offer/discount through our Perk Directory Host an NPN event in your space (e.g., playdate, fitness, arts & entertainment, education, etc.) Share your expert knowledge by becoming a speaker at an NPN event Connect with our members and social media audience with sponsored blog posts Email advertising@npnparents.org with any questions! *NPN reserves the right to amend any discounts or benefits at any time. Membership fee is non-refundable.
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    Parent Membership

    Whether you have a newborn, toddler, preschooler or elementary-age kid, you can use Neighborhood Parents Network to find support and advice for every step of your parenting journey. Join our 4,000-strong parent community today! JOIN for an annual fee of $55. That's less than $5 a month! (Plus, it's tax-deductible!) What's in it for you? Find childcare. Search for a parent-recommended nanny or babysitter in our Childcare Classifieds. Become an even better parent. NPN hosts parent workshops on topics such as infant sleep and potty training with some of the most well-respected experts in their fields. And because none of us have as much time in our day as we'd like, we offer many of our most popular in-person events as online videos that you can watch after the kids are in bed. Find answers. Pose a question on our Discussion Forum or jump in with an answer to everything from labor/delivery to schools to where to find a plumber on a moment's notice. Get help with school search. We offer a School Resources Map, a robust school directory, school choice programming such as CPS 101 and a big annual School Fair. Save money. Your NPN membership gives you thousands of dollars in discounts from local and national businesses that cater to parents. Meet other parents. Our calendar is full of parties, play dates and moms' nights out, and many are FREE! Connect with new moms. Our New Moms Groups foster friendships with moms who face the same changes, challenges and joys you are experiencing as a new parent. Read and learn. Our 3-times-yearly print newsletter, Parent to Parent, is filled with parenting advice and stories from our members. Plus, because NPN is a 501(c)3 non-profit, your annual membership fee is tax-deductible! Consult your tax professional for more information. Interested in a free 7-day trial membership? Learn more about NPN trial membership. NPN memberships make a great gift—for showers, birthdays, holidays or any time of year! Learn more about gift memberships. *NPN reserves the right to amend any discounts or benefits at any time. Membership fee is non-refundable.
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    NPN Videos

    Welcome to NPN's on-demand parent-education webinars! Our videos offer useful information on topics you care about and on your schedule. View a webinar on your smartphone, tablet device or desktop computer during a lunch break, after work, when the kids go to bed or anytime that fits into your busy life. If you don’t have time to watch the entire presentation, you can always login in later to finish. Watch and learn parenting tips from Chicago early-childhood experts, parents and school administrators on topics such as developmental differences, child development, early learning, school choice, financial planning and much more. Members only: How to Approach Sex-Positive Parenting with Pre-Teens Many of us learn about sexuality from our friends, textbooks, health class, movies, or in 2019...the internet. Parents, guardians and caregivers are their children's primary educators, yet many pre-teens report they do not learn about sexuality from their own caregivers, leaving many of their questions unanswered. In this video, Jennifer Litner gives a straight-forward approach on how parents can start these conversations with their kids. Watch the video. Members only: Protecting Your Child From Bullying Childhood bullying a serious issue. According to the CDC's 2017 report Preventing Youth Violence, 1 out of 5 kids reported being bullied. NPN has teamed with Dr. Kortney Peagram, Bulldog Solutions to tackle the topic of childhood bullying and identify strategies for working with schools. Watch the video. Members only: Internet Safety and How to Navigate the Virtual World Children and teens interact with internet using a variety of social media and apps, and each presents its own safety concerns. In this 37-minute video Dr. Kortney Peagram, Bulldog Solutions discusses popular apps, the meanings behind emojis and how to keep kids safe online. Watch the video. Members only: CPS 101: Four-Part Video Series NPN's popular CPS 101 presentation is now available in a four-part video series for any NPN parent searching for information about Chicago Public Schools. NPN Executive Director and CPS parent, Elizabeth Knutson, shares her parent experience of navigating the application, testing, and waitlist process while presenter Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS breaks down the facts in an easy-to-understand format. Watch the videos. Members only: Getting Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact: Three-part Video Series During a divorce, it’s important to make sure your finances survive this transition. That’s why NPN has partnered with the Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley to develop a three-part webinar series that explores the financial implications of divorce and how to keep your finances afloat during this life change. Watch the videos. Members only: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: The Most Common Complication of Pregnancy & Childbirth Are you or someone you love struggling with feelings of anxiety, extreme sadness or feeling very overwhelmed following childbirth? Nancy Segall of Beyond the Baby Blues and Claire Zawa of Birthways Inc. share information and resources for expectant and new parents about the causes, symptoms and treatments for postpartum depression. Watch the video. Members only: Separation Anxiety in the Early Years Not sure if you and your child are ready to kiss and go? Check out this 30-minute webinar presented by Michelle Lee of Fussy Babies Network, a project at the Erikson Institute. Lee gives a thorough overview of the causes behind separation anxiety as well as ways to calm you and your child's fears on the first day of school. Watch the video. Members only: Healthy and Happy Sleep for You and Baby Dr. Daniel Weissbluth believes that quality sleep guidance from the moment your baby comes home from the hospital can prevent many future sleep problems. In this 60-minute video, Dr. Weissbluth discusses how to establish healthy sleep habits for newborns. Watch the video. Members only: Chicago Public and Private Preschool Primer Get ahead of the game by watching this 35-minute webinar about navigating the preschool selection process from Chicago GPS's Grace Lee Sawin. Watch the video. Members only: Parenting An Anxious Child Dr. Debra Kissen sheds light on practical, easy-to-implement tips and tools to assist your child in moving past their fears. Watch the video. DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES Are you looking for tips and strategies to help your child with special needs? Watch and learn from special education experts, therapists, parents, school administrators, physicians and more! NPN's Developmental Differences on-demand video library is free for members and non-members. Individualized Education Program (IEP) Three Part Video Series Whether you are just starting to consider an IEP for your child or your child has had one for a few years, it is important to understand the terms, organize your documents, and know how to advocate for your child. NPN has teamed up with autism expert and special education advocate Mo Buti to educate parents on the ins and outs of the IEP process. Watch the videos. Parent Toolbox: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Young Child with Special Needs Succeed This 45-minute webinar offers information and resources about the special education process once your child enters school. Parents will learn special needs laws, terms and acronyms, timelines and strategies for advocating for your child. Watch the video. Potty Training for All Abilities In this 60-minute webinar, Chicago-based developmental and occupational therapist Dr. Laura Mraz uncovers strategies to help parents get on track with potty training typically developing toddlers and those with various developmental delays. Watch the video. Care for the Caregiver Being a parent is hard, and when you have a child with developmental, health, learning or attention challenges, the demands increase. Watch this 40-minute video and learn relaxation techniques and self-care skills designed especially for parents of children with special needs. Watch the video. Home Hacks for Sensory Integration Occupational therapists Sarah Flood and Joanna Pasheluk at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center provide sensory awareness information to educate parents on identifying and addressing their child's sensory needs at home. Watch the video.
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    Separation Anxiety in the Early Years

    MEMBER-ONLY VIDEO Note: This webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. The first day of preschool is approaching and you may be wondering how to help your child manage separating from you, and getting comfortable in their new classroom. While new developmental steps always bring some challenges, there are many ways parents can support their child and help them reach a new level of competence, learning and growth. * How to help children prepare for and cope with the transition to school * Strategies and tools you can use to prepare your child for school and to help them adjust to new routines * Identify and address forms of separation anxiety your child may be experiencing * How parents can manage their own feelings about this big step in their child’s life Presenter: Michelle Lee, M.Ed., LCPC, I/IECMH-C, is a counselor and infant mental health specialist. She holds a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in early intervention and a certificate in infant mental health. Michelle began her career in the kindergarten classroom and then shifted to working in infant mental health as well as the Illinois Part C early intervention system. Michelle is the director of a prevention initiative grant, a collaboration with Fussy Baby Network and Department of Family and Support Services which provides funding to serve low-income at risk and young parents. Michelle currently conducts home visits, professional trainings and parent workshops.
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    Potty Training for All Abilities

    Are you struggling to potty train your toddler or want some great tips before you get started? This interactive live webinar reviews potty training techniques and challenges for children of all abilities. The webinar will review age-appropriate development skills required for potty training, research-based potty training approaches and the top potty-training products on the market. In addition, clear and effective strategies to potty train your child will be provided along with useful tips for common potty training challenges, including specific challenges common with children with autism, sensory processing disorder and other developmental delays. Presenter: Dr. Laura Mraz is a developmental therapist and occupational therapist with expertise in early childhooddevelopment, autism and sensory processing disorders. She is the owner of Blue Bird Day, a therapeutic preschool and kindergarten program, and Eyas Landing, an outpatient therapy clinic. She is a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational Therapy and an advocate for children of all abilities.
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