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Countdown to fall

A new school year can jolt students and parents, says Susan Zoll, an assistant professor in early childhood education at Wheelock College.

This is always an exciting time of year: Summer is winding down, preparations for the new school year are underway. In my field, you often hear about “school readiness,” referring to a child’s physical, social, and cognitive capacity as they begin their academic careers. As the beginning of school approaches, parents can support their children by visiting the schools they will be attending, by speaking with their teachers, by allowing the child to visit the environment they will be attending in the coming weeks.

Parents should be aware of concerns that their children might have in separation. They can read books about characters on their first day of school and have conversations with their child about what they anticipate.

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