Saying Goodbye to Family and Hello to School

Early Learning Parents' Pages

Your child may be starting child care at a new provider or starting child care for the first time. You may be preparing your child for their first day of VPK or kindergarten or even first grade.

This can be a challenging time for you and your child if they are having a difficult time separating from you. Anything new can be scary for your child and the fact that you will not be there to help them adjust to their new surroundings may make it scary for you, too.

Home–to-school transitions worries may be caused by your child not understanding that she will have fun and be safe in her new environment until you return to take her home. Separation anxiety is common in young children and parents as well.

Before the first day your child goes to a new school or is in a class with a new teacher, ask the school staff or program director what they do at the beginning of the year to help make the first day go smoothly. Find out the name of your child’s teacher and other adults who may be supervising your child.

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