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Making school transitions positive

The transition to school can be an exciting — yet stressful — time for parents, caregivers, and children. No matter if it's preschool or college, each school transition presents an opportunity for parents and caregivers to support their children and help to make the school transition a positive experience for their children.

The following resources can help you get started.

For Younger Children

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? — Determine if your child is ready for kindergarten by asking yourself these simple questions.

How Behavior Changes During the Transition to School, Ages 5-6 — Find out what to expect when your child transitions to elementary school.

Making Friends — Gain an understanding of why friendships are important to children, and what you can do to build your children's friendship skills.

For Teenagers

Is My Child Ready to Stay Home Alone? — Determine if your child is ready to stay home alone and get tips for how you can prepare your child for this responsibility.

Winning Isn't Everything — Look more into the sports that your teen participants in, and how you and your whole family can get more from the experience. Part of the Teen Talk : A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers series. English | español (PDF)

I Need to Get a Job — Learn how you can help your teen gain positive work experience and skills while maintaining friendships, academic performance, and healthy habits. Part of the Teen Talk : A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers series. English | español

Applying for College? — Learn about the application process so you can support your child in this process. English | español

Submitting the FAFSA: The First Step to Paying for Higher Education — Get information on what FAFSA is, and how it can help you open doors to funding for higher education. English | español

The College Transition — Get tips for how you can prepare to transition your child into college.

Related resources

Afterschool Activities: Striking the Right Balance — American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry — Learn to identify the warning signs when your child is overscheduled, and get tips for striking a healthy balance for scheduled afterschool activities.

Talking about violence and loss — How to have conversations with your children about substance use and school violence.

Support — Explore this research summary for professionals to find out what the research says about the guidance provided by, the communication between, and the interest shown by adults to promote student progress in school. Part of the Research on the factors for school success series.

Stress and Families — Understand and minimize the effects of stress felt by parents, children, teens, and families.

Children's Adjustment to Family Transition — Get more information on the effects of family transitions like divorce on children, and what you can do to help.

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