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Early Childhood

Play-N-Learn

Play-N-Learn offers opportunities for children 0-5 to experience the world outside their home with their caregiver. Our signature Tot Lot program has been connecting Hyde Park families for well over fifty years. 

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Messy Art 

Creative arts and crafts activities for young children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver. HPNC provides all materials needed for 2 or more activities per session. Take-home packets are available by special request. 

    Summer Pop-ups  

    Dates: June 18, July 16 & August 13 

    Cost: $10 for one, $24 for all three

    Register now

Caregiver Fitness

Get out of the house and get fit with instructor Carolyn Banner! Join other caregivers for a challenging adult exercise class that is adaptable to all fitness levels from postpartum to regular exerciser. 

Babies, toddlers and older children are welcome!

Two sessions available

Outdoor

Wednesdays at 10am

Meet the Nichols Park South Fountain, just west of HPNC

In inclement weather, class will meet in the gym

Indoor

Fridays at 9am

Located in HPNC's well-ventilated gym  

Register now!

Childcare Referral Services

Looking for childcare in Hyde Park? Consult with an expert on the childcare landscape in the neighborhood to learn about the options that are right for your family! 

Check us out!

Free drop-in informational sessions are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11am. Due to Covid-19, sessions are currently held via Zoom. Register now for the next available session below. 

When you're ready, you can also schedule a 1:1 consultation with Dr. Sarah Diwan. Dr. Diwan will review your childcare needs and provide you with a list of options that match. Consultations are $25 and can be scheduled here

What people are saying:

"I reached out to HPNC in the fall of 2020 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

Register for a free drop-in session

 

Sign up for a 1:1 consultation

Don't see the registration form below? Click to view the registration page here.

What’s Next?

Once you complete your registration, our childcare specialist Dr. Diwan will begin gathering information based on your responses to the Google Form in preparation for your meeting. You may receive assistance for up to one year and will be eligible to receive specific contact information for nannies and home daycare providers. Working with our staff does not guarantee that you will receive a placement at your top choice provider. We do promise to work with you to find a good fit for your family from available options at the time that you plan to start care. 

While we are not a nanny placement agency, we assist nannies and families to find one another when their needs and priorities overlap. We also do our best to assist families seeking to join or host a nanny share.

Please note:  The process of securing childcare may be very quick, or it can extend over several months. 

We look forward to working with you!