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TX Students Ready for Summer, but are Parents Prepared?

PHOTO: Making the transition into a summer child care program can be more fun and less stressful if parents know how to prepare their kids. CREDIT: Chad Smith
PHOTO: Making the transition into a summer child care program can be more fun and less stressful if parents know how to prepare their kids. CREDIT: Chad Smith
May 28, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - Children across the state will soon be on summer vacation. For the younger ones, that means a transition into a new child care or camp program or attending day care for the first time. To make that change go smoothly, preparation is the key to success, according to Karen Fogolin, associate director, Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

"The children are going to come across new people, new rules and perhaps even a bus for the first time, so helping them to adapt and thrive in the new situation is important," Fogolin said.

Preparation includes establishing a routine, as well as familiarizing children with how each day will go, she added.

"Let them know what they might be excited about; perhaps draw some pictures. Visit with the people and the program prior to starting. Also, really show that you as the adult are very comfortable with the program. Children are really quick to pick up on our anxieties," she said.

In addition to finding a program they feel comfortable with, Fogolin noted that parents also want one that is right for the age and mental development of their children.

"It must be appropriate in terms of what the children are interested in," she advised. "We don't want to put our children in experiences that are just going to frustrate them. Really knowing your child and choosing the right program is important."

Another tip for the transition is to have the child bring along a favorite toy or other reminder of home, although parents should check with the care provider before doing so.

More tips on a successful transition into care this summer are at the Child Care Aware website, http://www.childcareawaremn.org. Additional information is available at www.childcareaware.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TX