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Helping Young Children and Parents Transition Back to School

Publication Date: Aug 05, 2021

Helping Young Children and Parents Transition Back to School


Transitioning back to school during the global health pandemic can present unique challenges. For many families, the pandemic has resulted in keeping children at home. The reopening of schools and early education programs means new starts for children returning to school and for children who will be attending a program for the very first time. Many programs have had to limit visitors in order to maintain physical distancing guidelines. As a result, parents may feel less comfortable letting their child start an early care and education program because they cannot easily visit. Mask wearing may hide facial expressions which are helpful in communicating feelings, making children feel uncertain about their environment and interactions with others. However, with the right support, children can adjust to their new program, make new friends, learn new things, and thrive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Children's Mental Health webpage has resources for parents, teachers, and administrators to help with the transition back to school.