Start a successful school year—and keep it going!

1. If you and your child have fallen out of your bedtime routine this summer, get back into a solid routine! A week before the first day of school is a good time frame in which to begin.

2. Plan and shop for healthy breakfast and dinners a week in advance. This will save you precious time and prevent much stress in the long run!

3. Accidents happen! Prepare to bring a change of clothes in advance for your child (or update wardrobe for correct sizes in cubby), and bring it with you for your child’s teacher to keep in the classroom.

4. If possible, find out if your local library or community center offers free events for young children. Spending time with other children will help your child’s social and emotional development and prepare them for the school environment.

5. Connect with other parents and students at the school. Introduce yourself and your child. Bring a show-and-tell item to break the ice, or a snack to share with the class.

6. Be prepared for tears. Smile, stay positive, and maintain a calm demeanor when your child is having a hard time saying goodbye. If you start to panic, your child will pick up on your doubt.

7. Support early literacy by reading to your child every day. As they grow older, ask that they read to you.

8. Keep books everywhere—in the car, in the kitchen, and anywhere you spend time. Make special weekend trips to the library to freshen up the collection.

9. Parent involvement in school is important—even in preschool! Talk to your child’s preschool teacher (or child-care provider) regularly about their educational and social development.

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