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Back to School Transitions


The back-to-school season can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while.  


Back-to-school time brings many changes for children and their families. Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or first grade, or starting at a new preschool or childcare setting, the process can seem overwhelming and a bit intimidating. Providing a smooth transition between home and school requires teachers and early childhood professionals to help children feel confident about themselves and trust other adults and new children around them. While these transitions can be challenging, they also provide an exciting opportunity for children to learn and grow. It's the responsibility of parents and early childhood professionals to make children feel safe and secure as they grow in these new transitions.


The degree of adjustment to a new school year depends on the child, but adults play a big role in managing the expectations and reality of a new year. Discussing a child's expectations is a great way to prepare everyone for the upcoming school year. Have an open dialogue with a child about what they expect about returning to school or starting a new grade. Address any feelings of doubt or possible concerns, such as making new friends, exploring new subjects, separation anxiety, etc. Let the child know you care and make sure to put aside extra time during the first few weeks to provide support and guidance if necessary.  


Most veteran teachers and experienced childcare providers have a good idea of what they need to do to get ready for the new school year, but it's always good to know how you can help the children feel most comfortable in their new environment. Creating a welcoming environment is a simple and extremely effective way to promote a child's ability to adapt and adjust. The more welcome a child feels in a new environment, they faster they will overcome any fears or anxieties they may have when entering that new environment. Get to know the children ahead of time by holding an orientation a few days before the first official day of school. This will give kids a chance to see their classroom and meet the other children in a safe and secure setting.  


Going back to school can be a tough time for parents, children, and teachers alike. While experience helps to ease transitions, change can still be stressful. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can help children learn how to approach new situations with confidence and successfully prepare them for changes in the upcoming school year. Strengthening these ties can help create smooth transitions for everyone involved, while setting the stage for success from day one.



Back-to-School Tips for Parents
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Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother. View Article 

Back-to-School Safety    
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As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the knowledge to stay safe at school. Injuries are common at school-but many can be prevented. Before you send your children off, be sure to run through these safety topics. View Article  

Service-Learning Outlined in New Course from CCEI 


CCEI is proud to introduce SCH105: Service-Learning for School-Age Children and Older Youth to the online child care training course catalog.


This course provides in-depth study of the use of service-learning as an educational strategy designed to engage, motivate and increase knowledge, skills and civic involvement for school-age children and older youth. Service-learning provides a hands-on application of knowledge and skills to real life community needs.


This Month's Trial Course: Liven Up Your Learning Centers   


CCEI offers CCEI450B: Liven Up Your Learning Centers as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of August.  


This course focuses on enhancing traditional learning centers in the classroom. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to list items that can be used for rotating new materials into learning centers, list a series of appropriate themes for learning centers, and identify items to be added to classroom learning center to enhance traditional learning.


Alumni Profile 

Evan Prosser  

Garden City, MI     


Congratulations to Evan for successfully completing the Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!


Evan began his career in early childhood as an assistant teacher at a child care center and has loved it ever since. He enjoys working with the children during group activity time and going over the message board with the kids in the morning. Evan is motivated by the way the children are always eager to learn something new. He says, "I enjoy being around the kids and learning with them. They always look forward to learning something new and hearing the plan for each day. They teach me just as much as I teach them!"


In his free time, Evan likes to travel and spend time with friends and family. He hopes to travel the world in the future, and possibly relocate to California soon. He plans to take more courses with CCEI, and hopes to further pursue his education in a variety of fields. Evan recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "I gladly recommend CCEI to anyone looking to further their education in the early childhood field. I had a great experience with CCEI and would love someone else to experience that journey."  


Congratulations, Evan! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!


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