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. 

Fall 2021

When: Monday and Friday starting Friday, September 10
Time: Drop-in from 9:00am-12:00pm 

Cost: $10/day or get a Session Pass for September and October for $109 - a 27% discount! A Session Pass includes entrance to HPNC's Halloweenie costume party on October 29. 

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

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!

Fall 2021

When: Fridays, starting September 10
Time: 9:00-10:00am  

Cost: $15/class or get a Session Pass for September and October for $90. Receive 15% off when you purchase a Sept/Oct Tot Lot Session Pass. 

To receive the Caregiver Fitness discount bundle: 

  1. Purchase a Sept/Oct Tot Lot Session Pass 

  2. Use the coupon code in your confirmation email to receive 15% off your Caregiver Fitness registration 

NOTE: Children who attend Caregiver Fitness with an adult are welcome in Tot Lot during the hour that Caregiver Fitness takes place. Any children who participate in Tot Lot after the end of Caregiver Fitness must be registered separately for Tot Lot. 

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!