Better Beginnings, a program of the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, would like to remind families that it has a variety of resources meant to make back-to-school adjustments easier for both parents and children. Children have not yet developed the skills necessary to deal with new situations, so a familiar routine is important to them. Going back to school, or going for the first time, is a major interruption to a child’s routines.

One resource that Better Beginnings provides is Tips for Saying Goodbye at Child Care, which gives tips on how to talk to your child about going to school/child care, be cheerful and reassuring, drop them off quickly, and avoid mistakes like going back to your child after you’ve said goodbye, all to make the process less stressful for you and your child.

“It is normal for children to be upset at drop-off,” said Kelli Hilburn, Better Beginnings program administrator. “If this is the case for your child, I want to encourage parents to hang in there because this reaction is usually temporary. With consistency and patience, children eventually adjust to their new routine and environment. Parents are a child’s first teacher. Children imitate what they see in those closest to them. When the adults in their lives display healthy coping skills to changes in routines and environments, children will develop those skills, too.”



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