Resources for Families

Northwestern is pleased to offer a wide range of resources for families, made possible through partnerships with community organizations.

Please contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources with questions, or for more information.

City of Chicago

Neighborhood Parents' Network - Connecting Chicago Parents

Neighborhood Parents Network is a non-profit 501(c)3 that 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 Chicago parent. Whether online or in person, NPN makes it easy to find support, must-have information and amazing city events. NPN has been connecting Chicago parents for more than 36 years! NPN is pleased to offer a discount $10 discount of their $55 annual membership fee to Northwestern faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students. Learn more about NPN's Northwestern discount.

Chicago Parent

Chicago Parent is a monthly parenting magazine, that has been bringing news, events, and articles on a wide range of parenting topics to Chicago parents for over 25 years. Special features include the Going Places family guide (Fall, Spring and Summer), twice-annual Chicago Special Parent and our newest endeavor, Hey Baby, the essential guide for expectant and new parents, also available twice a year. Learn more about Chicago Parent.

Evanston and Suburbs

Childcare Network of Evanston

Since 1967, CNE has served the community of Evanston by creating awareness about the importance of early childhood education and by advocating for the youngest members of our communities. And like the families they serve, CNE continues to grow. Learn more about CNE.

Evanston Public Library Kids Calendar

Community events for children and families in Evanston, coordinated by the Evanston Public Library. Learn more about the Evanston Public Library Kids Calendar.

Family Action Network (FAN)

The Family Action Network (FAN) is a 501(c)(3) organization that curates a free, high-quality human development speaker series each academic year. All programs are free and open to the public. Learn more about FAN.

Family Child Care Connections of Evanston

Family Child Care Connections is a unique infant and toddler program consisting of experienced Family Childcare Providers licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and contracted the Child Care Center of Evanston. Our family childcare homes are located in Evanston and Skokie and serve families living or working in and around Chicago, Evanston, Skokie and other neighboring communities. Learn more about Family Child Care Connections of Evanston.

Gather - an Urban Retreat

Gather's mission is to build a community of support for individuals and families by providing the space, materials and programs for life-long creative learning, and individual and family wellness. Efforts focus on increasing access to opportunities for personal growth and fellowship, and inspiring positive change in the community by offering affordable, fun and meaningful events in a mindful urban retreat. Learn more about Gather.

Kindermusik at Northwestern

Many children are first introduced to music at Northwestern in lively Kindermusik classes, where they explore music through moving, singing, and playing instruments. A rich variety of activities promotes music and language development, symbolic thinking, coordination, and social interaction. Age-appropriate sequential classes are offered for children from birth through age seven. Learn more about Kindermusik at Northwestern.

The Parent Circle

The Parent Circle is a non-profit social support organization that has been bringing together families in Evanston and the surrounding area since 1974, through connecting families for playgroups, events, learning opportunities and more. Learn more about The Parent Circle.

The Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood

The Alliance for Early Childhood is a community collaboration organization that promotes the healthy growth and development of children from birth to age eight (or 3rd grade) by providing resources, programs, and support for the parents and professionals who teach and care for them. Learn more about The Alliance.

National

Childcare Aware

A project of the Office of Child Care, Childcare Aware helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Learn more about Childcare Aware.

National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. Learn more about NAEYC.

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Founded in 1977 by leading researchers and clinicians in diverse disciplines focused on child development, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Learn more about ZERO TO THREE.