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How to apply to CPS selective enrollment elementary schools and magnet schools
It’s the time of year again! Chicago Public Schools (CPS) opened its applications for the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, October 13; the deadline to apply is December 15 at 5pm. Students entering...
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How to help your child get ready for kindergarten
Is your child starting kindergarten next year? Consider taking a proactive approach to ensuring he or she is ready to arrive at kindergarten and learn. Evidence increasingly suggests that the are...
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CPS Universal Pre-K: What you need to know
If you have ever felt confusion about Chicago’s public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings, you are not alone. The process and nomenclature have changed each year, with various names, ...
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Car for new teen driver

Looking at a new ‘used’ car for my upcoming teen driver…thinking I want a small SUV. This car will  get passed down through the years to my youngest who is 4 years younger…so it does need to last for awhile.   has anyone done research on safe but not fancy compact suv cars for teens? Drivi...

Where are my kid’s psat scores?

My kid came home saying “ all” his friends got their spring PSAT scores back. He did not - he just checked his portal and only fall score is there. Curious if any one else’s kid hasn’t gotten them back. On line seems to say they will be released by 5/16 which is today . Does PSAT ever lose kids scor...

Open House at Families Together Coop Nursery School Tomorrow, Saturday, May 18 - 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Bring your entire family to play in the classrooms, get to know our families and teachers, have a snack, and get a “feel” for the school!   RSVP at admissions@ftcns.org.     Kate Brenner she/her Business Manager Families Together Cooperative Nursery School 1500 W. El...

Sensory Exploration Playdate this Sunday at LEEP Forward

Join NPN and LEEP Forward for a playdate this Sunday from 9-11am. Step into a world of sensory exploration and playful discovery! Leep Forward's  inclusive environment celebrates individual differences and encourages exploration, meeting each child right where they are. RSVP Today!   ...

Sensory Exploration Playdate this Sunday at LEEP Forward

Join NPN and LEEP Forward for a playdate this Sunday from 9-11am. Step into a world of sensory exploration and playful discovery! Leep Forward's  inclusive environment celebrates individual differences and encourages exploration, meeting each child right where they are. RSVP Today!   ...


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