NPN members get 15% any spring 2021 class at Porchlight Music Theatre

*PARENT PERK BY PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE*

Calling all music theatre loving singers, dancers, and writers! Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers Broadway Basics (ages 7-10), Music Theatre Bootcamp (ages 11-13), or Advanced Music Theatre Performance (ages 14-17) for the musical loving kid with in-person and virtual options.  

Classes focus on social emotional learning, confidence-building, and technical skills in the arts. All classes end in the performance of an original mus...

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 20% off first payment at CodeWizardsHQ

*PARENT PERK BY CODEWIZARDSHQ*

 

Online coding classes taught live by a practicing coding professional. Attend from home! No driving. Structured and developmental curriculum. Students can learn Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Scratch, Java and more. Beginner friendly to advanced skill levels welcome.
Once a course begins, every student at any level enjoys the same benefits: 

Interactive Live Classes
Structured and Comprehensive Curriculum
Video Recordings/Slides of Every C...

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 3:26 PM

NPN members get free registration + 2 free weeks at Everbrook Academy

*PARENT PERK BY EVERBROOK ACADEMY*

Everbrook Academy Lincoln Park supports 21st century leaners and their families. It starts by following CDC guidance for a healthy, safe environment. And we keep you connected with WatchMeGrow, live streaming video of your child’s classroom; plus regular updates with our brightwheel mobile app.

Here, STEAM brings the world into every classroom, through hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, as we prepare childre...

Posted on January 05, 2021 at 7:00 AM

For young kids, technology should be like ice cream: a sometimes food

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Children are now using media at very young ages. Touchscreen phones or tablets make swiping, tapping, and clicking easy enough for even a 1-year-old to manipulate. Voice-activated speakers allow children to request their favorite songs with simple language commands, and an endless amount of content seems to be at their tiny little fingertips. Add streaming networks, YouTube, video chatting and child-directed apps to the mix, and it becomes clear tha...

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Erikson Institute

7 tips for parents of young kids navigating COVID-19

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The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to mount as parents, caregivers, and families across the country navigate unprecedented challenges. Anxiety and uncertainty have become the norm, and as pandemic fatigue sets in, parents are grappling with ways to support their children’s healthy development and help them cope. 

At Erikson Institute, a graduate school specializing in child development, our mantra is “relationships, relat...

Posted on November 25, 2020 at 2:28 PM by Erikson Institute

NPN members get 40% off home learning resources at The Critical Thinking Child

*PARENT PERK BY THE CRITICAL THINKING CHILD*

Serving Chicago since 2012, The Critical Thinking Child helps parents support their children through engaging, hands-on puzzles, picture books, and more. Our online store has dozens of easy-to-use resources for your child that are fun, play-based, and endlessly entertaining. A perfect holiday gift, your child will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they’re learning!

Our tools help young learners with concepts like: 

●    Spa...

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Self-care during Covid: Creating your own pandemic slowdown

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Looking back at the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as I was telling myself that everything was OK, I was dealing with my own internal panic:

I can’t go to Trader Joe’s anymore because they don’t do Instacart. Eek.
I am going to have to live with Instacart never getting my grocery order right. Eek!
I am not going to get any work done because I will have to share my workday schedule’s blocks of free time to homeschool. Eek.
M...

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 7:08 AM by Nicole Walker

A pediatrician's guide to keeping your kids and community safe from flu and Covid-19

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Every patient encounter I have these days ends with the question, “So, doc, what should I do about my child going to daycare or school?” The question is general, and yet very personal. Each family has to weigh the risks and benefits, the costs both financial and emotional, and the balance of work and child safety that affect them. While this is an individual decision, each family is part of a community; at this time, more than ever, each family has to share ...

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

NPN members pay no registration fee at Everbrook Academy Lincoln Park

*PARENT PERK BY EVERBROOK ACADEMY*

We support 21st-century learners and their families. It starts by following CDC guidance for a healthy, safe environment. And we keep you connected with WatchMeGrow, live streaming video of your child's classroom; plus regular updates with our brightwheel mobile app.  

Here STEAM brings the world into every classroom, through hands-on learning in Science, Technology Engineering, the Arts and Math, as we prepare children for elementary school. 

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Posted on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Help your kids capture memories of this strange year

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My family isn't counting the days, weeks or even the months anymore, but we are counting the memories.

What began as a couple of weeks holed up at home could have morphed into a lost year. Instead, we chose to begin each day with the question, What memories are we creating today? Capturing those memories—both joyous and challenging—has become central to our daily lives. Here are some easy ways you can help your kids record feelings and milestones s...

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM by Fiona Royer