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Child Care Resource 
& Referral

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What people are saying:

"I reached out to HPNC because my family and I were moving from St. Louis and needed a nanny until our kids transitioned to daycare. I had a wonderful experience with HPNC with respect to being able to setup interviews and get in touch with nannies. 

"Our nanny is wonderful. She’s always on time, has never taken a sick day, adores our children (potty-trained our daughter, celebrated her birthday with her), and lives close by and has her own car—very useful in the time of COVID." 

- Father of two, faculty member at
UChicago Medical Center

Childcare Referral Services

Finding the right childcare can be hard for new and relocating parents! HPNC is here to help guide you through the process or just to provide reassurance along the way. We provide private and group consultation for parents who are seeking childcare for young children ages birth to three years. Parents may sign up for group sessions that include a brief introduction to the basic childcare landscape in and around Hyde Park or for a private 1:1 consultation where time is dedicated to talking through childcare decision making and personalized referrals are given. Extra support for parents hiring nannies may include guidance on contracting, how to prepare for a successful relationship, and basic guidance on setting up household employee taxes.

Take the next step:

Free drop-in informational sessions are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11am via Zoom. Register now for the next available session. 

Sarah is also available in person from 10:00-11:30am on the following Tuesdays: 

  • November 8 

  • November 15

  • December 6 

  • December 15 

No appointment necessary; just stop by 5480 S Kenwood Ave! 

When you're ready, you can also schedule a private consultation with Dr. Sarah Diwan. Dr. Diwan will review your childcare needs and provide you with a list of options that match. Private consultations are $25 and can be scheduled here. If you prefer, an in-person meeting may be arranged. 

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Resources and Support for Caregivers

Provider support services fall into three categories: parent referrals, administrative mentoring, & curriculum & enrichment planning. Dr. Diwan is available to assist childcare providers including nannies, home daycare operators, and centers. Priority is given to those providing childcare for children birth to 3 years whose families live and work in the Hyde Park and University of Chicago Communities. 

HPNC maintains a Resource Center that houses a lending library and a variety of resources for parents and childcare providers. Caregivers are invited to check-out these resources during HPNC's open hours. 

Connecting caregivers with families 

Are you a home daycare provider, nanny, or babysitter who wants to be connected to South Side families seeking child care? Complete this intake form linked below to start the process: 

CCRR Provider Intake Form

Professional caregivers are invited to connect with Sarah in person from 10:00-11:30am on the following Tuesdays: 

  • November 8 

  • November 15

  • December 6 

  • December 15 

No appointment necessary; just stop by 5480 S Kenwood Ave! 

Caregiver Professional Development 2022-23

This free workshop series is intended for parents, nannies, and daycare providers - particularly those with children ages birth to 3 years. Attendees can register for one, more, or all workshops based on individual interest. Below is the workshop schedule for the complete series: Register now


Family Band 101: Music For Early Learning and Development

Saturday, October 1
Led by Marsha Melsheimer 

Come learn how to create musical homes and childcare environments for young children! Marsha Melsheimer of Marsha’s Music fame will discuss why music is so important in early childhood, how to bond with children through musical play, and specific ways to support joyful music learning and development.

Nuts and Bolts of Nanny Taxes & Contracting

Saturday, December 3 

Led by Sarah Diwan, PhD 


Round Table for Hyde Park Nannies 

Saturday, December 10 

Led by Sarah Diwan, PhD 

This is a time for nannies to connect, share support and information related to the nanny profession and nanny work-life-balance, try out a couple craft projects, and even pack up take-home kits to use with the kiddos you care for! (Nannies who work in the UChicago community, attend Tot Lot, or are connected with Sarah Diwan's Referral Service are encouraged to attend!)

To get into the holiday spirit we will have coffee, snacks, music, and an OPTIONAL gift exchange - up to $15 value. 

Learning Through Play

A three-part series led by occupational therapist and developmental specialist Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OTD, OTR/L 

  • Session 1: An introduction: What is play and why is it important?, January 14 

  • Session 2: Building new skills through play in young children birth-5, February 11 

  • Session 3: Using play as a tool to build connection and cooperation between caregivers and children, March 11 


Caring for the Caregiver: Using mindfulness and breathwork to create calm and peaceful environments for children and adults alike

Saturday, April 1 

Led by Peg Dunne Pavelec, Owner & Executive Director Little Inspirations Child Care Center


Additional sessions may be added in May and/or June 2023


For all the the above sessions, use the link below:

The HPNC Child Care Resource & Referral program is funded by a grant from the Childcare Initiative of the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospital and Medical Center