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  1. NPN Amy J.

    Summer Camp Directory Opens

    If you’re a working parent of a school-age child, summers mean sun, sand, short sleeves... and a scramble to fill your kid’s days with childcare. Chicago camps to the rescue! With as many camp options as there are types of kids, you’re sure to find one that caters to your child’s interests and keeps them entertained all summer. How to find all your camp options? Our 2023 Summer Camp Directory will launch for members on January 25, 2023. NPN members can snag exclusive discounts to day camps and sleep-away camps by visiting the directory from January 25th to January 31st. Check back here for the link on January 25th, or navigate to the 2023 Summer Camp Directory from the homepage. Not a member of NPN? Join here. The summer camp directory will open to the public, sans discounts, on February 1st.
  2. Many worthy causes are vying for your donations and many organizations tug on your heartstrings, so you may be wondering - why donate to NPN? After all, as a member of NPN, you likely understand that there is a level of privilege here. Topics on our discussion forum include luxurious vacations, elite universities, private jets, and more. But NPN means a lot to many families around the city and we are continuously working towards our mission to connect a diverse community of families by providing the support and resources they need to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Did you know that with the help of the Chicago Park District/Special Olympics, Illinois Action for Children, and Carlson Community Services, NPN has distributed more free memberships in one year than ever before? Sixty-five and counting. Or that we help provide free and discounted membership renewals to parents who couldn't join without one? Or that all of our developmental differences resources are free to anyone, anywhere. We truly strive to be here for every new or experienced parent in Chicago who is researching schools, navigating developmental differences, and looking for parent-to-parent advice. NPN makes life more manageable for parents in Chicago, and every parent who comes to NPN comes with a need. They need a school, a diagnosis, advice, or a friend. One parent might come to NPN and quickly find school information or summer childcare and smoothly move on to tackling the next parenting hurdle. Another parent might come to NPN and find ongoing emotional support in parenting their special needs child, along with expert help in finding special services and therapies. NPN is here to help parents find whatever they need, and NPN is here for you. You are the reason we do what we do, and your membership makes this work both meaningful and possible. However, membership fees don’t cover all of NPN’s expenses. Can you give a little bit more to keep NPN going? Your donation truly matters to NPN. Our financial outlook is challenging. Despite gaining dozens of new members every year, NPN's membership has been declining slowly every year for several years, following the trend of membership organizations in general. We attribute this to families moving out of the city and an increase in parenting resources overall, but we also want to do better. I will explain more about that below. At this moment, a slowly declining membership, an abrupt and extended loss of in-person events during the pandemic, and the continued economic uncertainty faced by our advertisers and sponsors creates the most challenging financial future that NPN has ever confronted in our 42 year history. With that in mind, you may have noticed that NPN has turned to focusing on what we do best: helping parents research schools, navigate developmental differences, and find parent-to-parent advice. This coming year we will partner with local education and special needs experts, add new programming for parents of teens, create hybrid school fairs and developmental differences resource fairs, and elevate parent-to-parent advice. At the same time, we are intentionally working to make NPN more inclusive and relevant to every parent in Chicago, regardless of culture, background, gender, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, financial means, age, or ability. We want every parent in Chicago to feel welcome and supported here. As an NPN member, you are savvy, smart, and doing your best for your family. You also want to do the best you can when you give. Please consider what you could do for NPN and the parents who come here for information and support. Even five dollars a month goes a long way right now, while Meta is matching all recurring donations made by 12/31/22 via Facebook. Please consider setting up a recurring donation today by clicking here. The NPN staff team, board of directors, your fellow city parents and I are truly grateful for your support.
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    How can we make sure that we're doing what's best for our kids? Are we making ourselves and our children crazy and anxious from all our worry? Our parents had different pressures than we do today. Do you feel parenting has changed from family-focused and instinctual to expert-driven and child-centric, with stresses from society constantly telling us we must do more? How do we as parents cope with that pressure? Let's discuss! Sign up for this event and we’ll send you an excerpt from Lenore Skenazy's book, Free Range Kids. Read the excerpt or the entire book over the next few weeks and then, on October 19th at 7:00pm we'll get together over Zoom and discuss with Lenore. (If you don't have time to read the chapter or the book, come anyway!) The ultimate goal? That we feel more confident as parents and our kids feel confident and happy too. Spend an hour with us in hopes that we’ll all leave more calm about our parenting choices, more trusting of ourselves as parents, and more unified as a parenting community. Registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link via email immediately after registering, and again in a reminder email shortly before the event. If you would like to foster Free Range Kids, you can join the movement at Letgrow.org. We are happy to be partnering with Brooklyn's Park Slope Parents for this event! Lenore Skenazy: Ever since her column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” created a firestorm, Lenore has been declaring that our kids are smarter and safer than our culture gives them credit for. For this, she was labeled “America’s Worst Mom.” Nice. She turned around and started the Free-Range Kids movement, lecturing around the world and hosting the reality show, “World’s Worst Mom.” Now Lenore is President of LetGrow, the nonprofit making it easy, normal, and legal to give kids back some independence. The second edition of her classic volume Free-Range Kids is out! She recently spoke to Dax Shepard about parenting on his "Armchair Expert" podcast, here. Have questions? Email Amy at amy@npnparents.org.
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    Come discuss the book Parent Nation with author Dana Suskind, MD, award-winning Chicago-based journalist Heidi Stevens and NPN's executive director, Amy Johnson. World-class pediatric surgeon, social scientist, and best-selling author of Thirty Million Words, Dr. Dana Suskind returns with a revelatory new look at the neuroscience of early childhood development—and how it can guide us toward a future in which every child has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. PARENT NATION offers a powerful blueprint for a society that helps all families meet the developmental needs of their children. Weaving together the latest science on the developing brain with stories of families from all walks of life, Dr. Suskind shows that the status quo—scores of parents left to shoulder the enormous responsibility of early childhood care and education on their own—is not only unsustainable, but deeply detrimental to children, families, and society. Buy the book and join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven''t read the book yet! RSVP required. Zoom link will be sent to you via email, immediately after registering.
  5. NPN Laura

    NPN Second Chance Auction

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    If you got outbid last week in our Online Auction, you have another chance to win! NPN's annual Second Chance Auction offers even better deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 18 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 19. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at director@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  6. NPN Laura

    NPN Second Chance Auction

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    If you got outbid last week in our Online Auction, you have another chance to win! NPN's annual Second Chance Auction offers even better deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 18 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 19. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at director@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  7. NPN Laura

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  8. NPN Laura

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  9. NPN Laura

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  10. NPN Laura

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  11. NPN Laura

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, activities, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 11 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 15. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Amy Johnson at amy@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place Special thanks sponsor: A&H Childproofers Friend of NPN sponsor: Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  12. NPN Amy J.

    NPN Online Auction

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    NPN's annual Online Auction offers great deals on items Chicago parents want and love, including kids' classes, restaurant gift certificates, massages and access to cool experiences you can't find anywhere else. With the proceeds from our auction, NPN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be able to continue to provide support and resources designed to solve the challenges of parenting in Chicago. Bidding opens May 5 at 5am and closes at 10pm on May 9. Preview link for items at www.biddingforgood.com/npnparents Questions? Email Melanie Schlachter at auction@npnparents.org. Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting sponsor: Soccer Pods Major sponsor: Children's Learning Place

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