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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 aged from 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 your family's unique childcare needs and personalized referrals are given. 


Extra support for parents hiring nannies is also available through 1:1 consultation. This may include guidance on interviewing, contracting, how to prepare for a successful relationship, and how to set up household employee taxes.

Take the next step:

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

March 16th

April 20th

May 18th

June 15th

Free drop-in sessions are held in-person at HPNC from 10:30am-12:00pm on pre-scheduled days listed below. No appointment necessary; just stop by! Feel free to bring your child(ren) - they will have a chance to play at Tot Lot after you wrap up with Sarah.

Thursday, March 28th

Tuesday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 11th

Tuesday, April 16th

Tuesday, April 23rd

Tuesday, April 30th

Tuesday, May 7th

Tuesday, May 14th

Tuesday, May 21st

Tuesday, May 28th

Tuesday, June 4th

Free drop-in sessions for University of Chicago affiliated families are held at the Family Resource Center (950 E. 61st Street) from 11:00am-12:00pm on the following Tuesdays:

March 19th

May 21st

Private 1-on-1 consultation sessions are held over Zoom by appointment. Dr. Diwan will review your specific childcare needs, help you think through decision making, and provide you with a list of personalized referrals. Private consultations are $25* and can be scheduled here.

*If this fee would create a financial burden and prevent your family from participating, please contact Dr. Diwan at to request a no-fee consultation.

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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 at Tot Lot from 10:30-11:30am on pre-scheduled days listed below. No appointment necessary; just stop by! 

Tuesday, November 14th

Friday, December 1st

Tuesday, December 12th

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR Training

Participants will learn skills required to receive American Red Cross Certification in CPR/First Aid. Emphasis will be on safety procedures for early childhood caregivers including parents, nannies, home daycare providers, and daycare center & PreK classroom teachers. This class is for adults only. It is appropriate for those seeking 1st time certification or certificate renewal.

*CPR registration closed as class has reached capacity

Caregiver Professional Development 2023-24

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. Topics and speakers for this year are still being determined, but will be held on the following dates. Please check back later for registration. 

October 28

Introduction to Compassionate Communication While Communicating With Children

Speakers: Peg Pavalec, MA and Reshma Madhusudan, MA

November 11

Feeding Challenges and Opportunities in Early Childhood 

Speaker: Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OTD, OTR/L

December 9 

Nanny Resources and Roundtable 

Speaker: Sarah Diwan, PhD

January 13

Music and Social Emotional Learning 

Speaker: Marsha Meisheimer, MA 


February 10

Understanding Development Milestone Charts and Using Them to Inform Everyday Activities 

Speaker: Sarah Diwan, PhD


March 9

Little Explorers: Risks or Opportunities? 

Speakers: Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OTD, OTR/L and Sarah Diwan, PhD 

April 13

Targeting Language Development Through Daily Routines 

Speaker: Brittany Martin, MA, CCC-SLP/L 

May 18

Nature-based Learning in Early Childhood Part I

Speaker: Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OTD, OTR/L

May 25

Nature-based Learning in Early Childhood Part II

Speakers: Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OTD, OTR/L and Sarah Diwan, PhD

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

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