Early Childhood

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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. 


Tot Lot 

Tot Lot is a time for open free play in our expansive gym. Children are invited to play independently and with other children according to their own interests and abilities, developing gross motor skills along the way. HPNC provides mats, riding toys, play structures, and balls to encourage fun and new play experiences. A separate area is available for non-walking children.

Check out our Tot Lot FAQs for details about how we are operating this year. 

Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, Tot Lot will be closed until January 19

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 
Time: Drop-in from 9:00am-12:00pm 

Cost: $10/day or get a discount with a Session Pass. 1-2 days/week packages available.  

New to HPNC? Your first day at Tot Lot is 100% FREE 

Winter 2022 Special Activities 

Messy Art - every Wednesday from 10-11:30am 

Let your child explore their creative side - and let HPNC do the cleaning up! Art activities will be available from 10-11:30am on Wednesdays and are included as a part of your Tot Lot registration.  

Spanish Story Time - every Wednesday starting at 10:30am

Native Spanish-speaker Analu gathers all interested children for a story from one of her favorite children's books. 

Valentiny Party - Monday, February 14

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your little one with crafts, games, music, and more! Registration for Tot Lot on February 14 (including session passes) grants you entry into the party. Festivities will begin at 10am after an hour of open play. 

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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

Consultations can be held in person at HPNC (5480 S Kenwood Ave) during the regularly available times on Mondays and Fridays. If you would prefer to meet in person rather than via Zoom, please let Dr. Diwan know at


Not seeing a 1:1 consultation time that works for your schedule? Email Dr. Diwan directly at with 3-4 scheduling options that work for you.

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!