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TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN ADJUST

Back to school time often means changes for children and families: the first day of kindergarten or first grade; new preschools or child care settings; new classrooms and new teachers. Making smooth transitions between home, programs and schools can help children feel good about themselves and teach them to trust other adults and children. Helping children adapt to new situations can ease parents’ minds and give them a chance to become involved in their children’s education. Transitions are exciting opportunities for children to learn and grow. Parents and early childhood professionals share a role in making children feel safe and secure as they move to new educational settings. Of course, such milestones in children’s lives can cause anxiety, too. Strengthening the ties between programs and families will help create smooth transitions for adults and children both.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

1) Be enthusiastic about the upcoming change. If you are excited and confident, your child will be, too.
2) Prepare yourself. Take note of how your child reacts to separation. If possible, visit the new setting with your child. Introduce your child to the new teacher or early childhood professional in advance.
3) If possible, arrange a play date with another child from the program, preferably one-on-one, so that your child will see a familiar face when she walks in.
4) Start daily routines that will add to continuity. Let your child become involved with packing lunch or laying out clothes. Also, begin an earlier bedtime several weeks before.
5) Put aside extra time, particularly on the first day, for chatting and commuting together. But remember not to prolong the good-bye. If the child whines or clings, staying will only make it harder.
Always say good-bye to your child.
6) Be firm, but friendly about separating. Never ridicule a child for crying. Instead, make supportive statements like, “I know it’s hard to say good-bye.”
7) At the end of the work day, put aside your concerns and focus on being a parent.
8) Give your child undivided attention without distraction of cell phone upon initial greeting as they have not seen you all day.

August 3rd, 2022

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First day of school for PISD is Monday, August 21st. Hard to believe it is a little over 2 weeks a way. Our first and second location are adding schools to their pick-up route so call and see if your school is on our list if you are in need of after-school care.

August 4th, 2017

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Hope everyone has settled back into their back-to-school routine!  The schools have the pick-up lines going smoothly now as we all settle in for the new school year.  The following are schools we pick-up from:  First location picks up from Genoa, Garfield and Teague Elementary and Roberts and Lomax Middle School.  The second location picks up from Bush, DeAnda, Jessup and Mitchell Elementary.  We provide an after school lunch, homework assistance and a late snack.  Feel free to come by for a visit any time.

September 3rd, 2015

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Meet Your Teacher begins tomorrow through Monday. Check with your child’s school for exact day and time to be sure not to miss it.

August 19th, 2015

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Genoa Elementary, Garfield Elementary and Teague Elementary will be having Pre-K registration on August 11th and Early Registration on the 12th & 13th.  We provide drop-off and pick-up for Genoa Elementary and after-school pick-up for Garfield and Teague Elementary, Carter Lomax and Fred Roberts Middle School.  If the demand is present, we will pick up from Meador Elementary from our first location.  The second location picks up for Laura Bush Elementary and Jessup Elementary.

HISD will be having registration on August 18th.  We offer after-school pick up Mitchell and DeAnda Elementary.

August 5th, 2015

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We are adding schools to our after-school pick-up list!

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