Preschool Resources

Help Your Child Get Ready for Preschool 


Starting school can be a tough transition for both children and parents. Below are some simple ways you can begin to prepare your child (and yourself) for their first day of preschool.  

  • Get a school routine going early. Two to four weeks before school starts, get your child used to getting up at a certain time every day and going to bed at a certain time. This will get them used to school day hours.  

  • Drive to the school on weekends and go to the playground. This will help your child adjust to their new school environment and feel comfortable with their surroundings.  

  • Get appropriate gear for your child. Purchase a backpack that is large enough to hold a folder and sneakers for the playground and other activities.  

  • Talk and read about school. This is a great way to get a conversation started about school. 

  • Encourage independence. Your child should try putting on/off their coats as well as zipping, buttoning, snapping backpacks, coats, etc. on their own.

Cleaning up after meals will also help promote the goal of being independent. 

  • Prepare for back-to-school emotions. If your child has anxiety, consider giving them a transitional object for comfort or support such as a teddy bear or a picture of the family. Just be sure your teacher is okay with the item coming to school.


Remember, preschool is a wonderful place for your child to grow and learn. Preparing for their big first day will ensure they are successful from the start. 


For references to this list and for additional tips, visit these websites:






Helpful Websites for Preschool Parents and Children:


The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool




Parent Resources:


Early Intervention | Child Find/Public Awareness


Connecting NJ:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Resources for Families:

NJ Parent Link:

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