Neighborhood Parents Network connects a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. Expectant, new, and seasoned parents come to NPN to find what they need to tackle the everyday challenges of being a parent. Whether on-line or in-person, NPN makes it easy to find support, must-have information, and amazing city events. Connecting Chicago parents for more than 30 years! NPN is here for you – find your connections in your own neighborhood and with similar interests.
Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN), formerly the Northside Parents Network, was established in 1980 as a Chicago nonprofit organization. Our founders, a small group of pioneer parents, decided to raise their children in urban Chicago and realized this wouldn’t be possible without a strong network of support in the big city. The group remained fairly small and concentrated on the Chicago North Side for a number of years. NPN organized playgroups, babysitting co-ops, Moms-Morning-Out programs and other family gatherings. We began publishing a newsletter to share parenting tips and community information. And they organized school fairs and other parenting resources. Their marketing effort was solely word of mouth communication.
As technology advanced, it became easier to grow the network. In 2003, they established their current website. Since that time, they have seen membership grow exponentially. Their membership now includes approximately 5,800 parents. While membership remains concentrated on the North Side, NPN now reaches Chicago’s northwest, west, south and southwest neighborhoods and the near suburbs.