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  6. 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.
  7. 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), child care, 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 (post cards, 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 $1,000 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 - sponsor kit to come 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.
  9. 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 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 - no longer available September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more.
  10. 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.
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    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. 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.
  12. Go to: DDRF Exhibitor Registration DDRF Parent Registration NPN's 8th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair Sunday, March 31, 2019 DePaul College Prep High School, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org Sponsor DDRF Targeted event for families searching for connections to schools, resources, services, enrichment programs and support options
 200+ attendees
 Presentations to help parents through various ages and stages of development What Exhibitors Say “We engaged with many families, had requests for information from 30 of them and have received 4 subsequent calls from other families already.” “Everyone was very helpful. The families that visited our booth were great!” What Parents Say “I most enjoyed the variety of booths at the exhibition hall. They covered areas I had not had time to consider before, but now that I am aware of them, have already begun speaking with them to enroll my son into their programs.” “Amazing fair with a ton of providers.” Build the Package that is Right for your Business Experiential & In-Person Engagement $1,000 NPN will organize and facilitate a raffle at the event to collect and share attendees’ email addresses with you. Complimentary exhibitor table included for businesses that qualify. (limit 3, 2 remaining) $1,000 NPN will introduce you and you will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes about your business at the start of one presentation. (limit 1 per workshop) $200 Prominent placement in exhibitor hall. Does not include exhibitor fee. (limit 6, 5 remaining) Print Promotions $800 Logo on attendee bag given to every attendee. (limit 10, 9 remaining) $800 Logo on cover of DDRF program given to every attendee. (limit 5, 4 remaining) $700 Provide coffee for attendees. Includes one 8x10 framed sign w/logo on each coffee table and logo on the DDRF event page. Coffee and water will be ordered and set up by NPN staff. $500 Inclusion in DDRF attendee bags. Gain additional exposure with attendees by providing a marketing piece or other item for inclusion in the attendee bag. 300 items. Sponsor must create, produce, and deliver insert. (limit 10) $250 Provide a postcard, brochure, or flyer that NPN staff will drop on every chair before the start of one presentation. 30 - 60 parents expected per workshop. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss appropriate panel pairings. (limit 4 per workshop) $75 Provide stand-up banner at event to be placed in prominent area near the entrance of the exhibit hall, inside or outside the hall. (limit 3, 1 remaining) Online Promotions $1,000 Logo and link on every event-related email prior to the event. 30K email list. Complimentary exhibitor table included for businesses that qualify. (limit 3, 2 remaining) $1,000 Dedicated email blast to NPN members and developmental differences mailing list about your business (content pending NPN approval). Timing to be agreed upon by NPN and sponsoring business. Recognized as a DDRF event sponsor in blast. (limit 2) $200 One Facebook tag related to event. 14K Facebook followers. (limit 4, 3 remaining) NPN will create two Facebook posts leading up to event, with the opportunity for two businesses tagged per post. $150 Logo displayed on DDRF event page. Includes sponsor recognition and link in pre-event email to all attendees. (unlimited) Attendee Snacks, In-kind donation (unlimited)
 Brighten attendees’ day with healthy snacks. We accept in-kind donations from food-related businesses. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, healthy snack options, and lunch box snacks. Includes one 8x10 framed sign w/logo per 6-foot table. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. 150 snack-sized servings/donation. Exhibitor Lunch, In-kind donation (unlimited) We accept in-kind donations from food-related businesses. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, sandwiches, pizza, etc. Includes one 8x10 framed sign w/logo per 6-foot table. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. Attendee Lunch, In-kind donation (unlimited)
 Provide lunch to parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, sandwiches, pizza, etc. Includes one 8x10 framed sign w/logo per 6-foot table. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. Minimum 30 servings. Contact Amy at amy@npnparents.org for more information or to reserve a sponsorship opportunity.
  13. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Leo Burnett, 35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL Contact: Amy Johnson, amy@npnparents.org, (773) 789-7002 Sponsor the Working Moms Happy Hour Support 100 working moms in Chicago Reach NPN’s community of nearly 30,000 contacts and 14K Facebook followers 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 Experiential & In-Person Engagement $1,000 NPN will organize and facilitate a raffle at the event to collect and share attendees’ email addresses to add to your subscriber list. (limit 3) $1,000 NPN will introduce you and you will have the opportunity to speak for 2 minutes about your business to this working mom audience. Information table at event included. (limit 3) $200 Staff an information table at the event and speak directly to working moms. NPN to provide snacks or beverages at your table to increase engagement. (limit TBD) Print Promotions $800 Logo on attendee bag given to every attendee. (limit 10) $500 Inclusion in Working Moms Happy Hour attendee bags (100 working moms expected) plus marketing materials distributed at 4 events reaching a minimum of 120 additional parents combined from Jan – Dec 2019. (limit 5) $100 Inclusion in Working Moms Happy Hour attendee bags. (unlimited) $75 Provide stand-up banner at event. (limit 3) $75 Logo displayed on handout given to every attendee at check-in. (limit 5) Online Promotions $1,000 Logo and link on every event-related email prior to the event. 30K email list. (limit 3) $1,000 Dedicated email blast to NPN members on topic of your choice (pending NPN approval) within one month before or after event. Recognized as a sponsor of the Working Moms Happy Hour event. Includes logo on event post. 4K mailing list. (limit 2) $200 One Facebook tag related to event. 14K FB followers. (limit 4) NPN will create two FB posts leading up to event, with the opportunity for two businesses tagged per post. $150 Logo displayed on NPN’s Working Moms Happy Hour event page. Includes sponsor recognition and link in pre-event email to all attendees. (unlimited) Appetizers, In-kind donation (5 available) Provide refreshments for our working moms. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that offer prepared meals, healthy snack options, and desserts. Includes complimentary inclusion in attendee bag. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. 50 - 100 snack-sized servings per donation. Adult Beverages, In-kind donation (5 available) Provide cocktails, beer, or wine for our working moms. Includes complimentary inclusion in attendee bag. Contact amy@npnparents.org to discuss an on-site service option. Contact Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org to learn more and to reserve a sponsorship item.
  14. 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 January 1-2-3 Magic with Dr. Phelan 100 parents of children ages 1 – 5 years 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 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. 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. Presenter: 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.
  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 5,000 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. 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 Virtual School Tours, 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: 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 CPS 101: Preschool Options and CPS 101: Neighborhood, Magnet Cluster, Open Enrollment, and Magnet Schools. 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. Your Child Has An IEP...And There Are Some Red Flags...Now What? Autism and special education advocate Mo Buti discusses what to do when there are questions and concerns with an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP). This hour long webinar teaches parents the foundations of parent advocacy and how to effectively communicate with the school IEP team. Watch the video. 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. IEP Meeting: What to Expect from Start to Finish Whether you're new to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process or in need of an informative refresher, this 60-minute webinar presented by autism and special education advocate Mo Buti will help to get you prepared. 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. Outside Evaluations to Obtain and/or Incorporate into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Autism and IEP expert Mo Buti explains how to work with schools to use medical evaluations and clinical reports conducted outside of the school. 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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    Healthy and Happy Sleep for You and Baby

    MEMBER-ONLY VIDEO Note: This webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Newborns have unpredictable sleep patterns, and that can mean sleep deprivation for most new parents. Watch and learn what you can expect from your newborn and get tips for establishing good sleep habits. This video is perfect for parents to be and parents with newborns. In this webinar, Chicago's infant sleep expert Dr. Daniel Weissbluth covers the basics to infant sleep including: The ABCs of safe sleep Preparing the nursery Setting a sleep routine Parent questions that were submitted during the live webinar About the presenter: Daniel Weissbluth, M.D., F.A.A.P. opened Weissbluth Pediatrics in 2012 after completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Science/Chicago Medical School and pediatric training at Indiana University’s Riley Children’s Hospital. He is an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine, and his main areas of interest include the effect of media on the pediatric population and healthy sleep habits. He co-created the Weissbluth Method Infant Nap App, the Weissbluth Method Toddler Bedtime App, and the Weissbluth Method Parenting Myth App for mobile devices. He also co-authored Sleep Consult with his father, Marc Weissbluth. Dr. Dan lives (and sleeps!) in Chicago.
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    Home Hacks for Sensory Integration

    Occupational therapy can be a big help to kids on the autism spectrum, as well as many kids with sensory challenges. But how do you continue OT techniques at home between appointments? In this 20-minute video led by two experienced OTs, you'll learn how to make sensory blankets and bins, build an obstacle course, and many other creative ideas to transform your home into a sensory-rich environment without breaking your budget. Presenter: Joanna Pasheluk, MS, OTR/L is a licensed and registered occupational therapist at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center. Prior to starting graduate school, Joanna worked as an ABA line therapist for children with autism and developed an interest in working with children with special needs. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked in a preschool setting. Joanna has her Early Intervention credential and enjoys working closely with children and their families to meet their identified goals. Joanna has completed training in DIR Floortime, reflex integration, Sensory Integration, astronaut training and the SOS Approach to feeding. Presenter: Sarah Flood, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist at Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center who is also credentialed through the Early Intervention system of Illinois. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and went on to get her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She began her OT career working at Chicago Public Schools, mainly at cluster school programs for children with complex special needs. There, Sarah worked with children with various diagnoses such as learning disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. She gained experience working with families to build their IEPs and now uses this firsthand knowledge to advocate for children and their families.
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    Care for the Caregiver

    If you have ever found yourself running on fumes trying to parent a child with special needs, take a much-needed break and learn some strategies for self-care. This 40-minute video offers practical tools that parents of special-needs kids can use to fortify their emotional, mental and physical health in order to lead their best lives and continue supporting their child. This video includes a five-minute guided meditation exercise. Presenter: Heather Leneau Bragg, M.A., is a teacher and learning specialist with a Master's degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Her teaching experience includes three years with the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Day School before transitioning to her current role as a teacher in the Diverse Learners Department at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Heather’s mission is to provide a framework for understanding how bright students can struggle in school and how to tailor instruction so students learn and thrive. Her work has been featured on CBS, WGN, ChicagonistaLIVE! and Telemundo. She is a regular contributor to 30 Second Mom and The Huffington Post.
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    Parenting An Anxious Child

    MEMBER ONLY VIDEO Note: This webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. If you have asked yourself any of the following questions, this webinar may be helpful to you: “Is my child’s behavior normal? Is it developmentally appropriate for my child to have these fears? How can I help my child meet her full potential? When is it time to get help?” This webinar will answer these questions and more, and give you the tools to help your child overcome anxiety. Presenter: Dr. Debra Kissen is the clinical director of the Light On Anxiety Treatment Center and specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. She is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens and is an active contributor to The Huffington Post, where she shares information on empirically supported treatment for anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Kissen has completed advanced training in CBT for body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. She also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders.
  30. 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 Presenter: 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.
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