Back to School Supplies: Tips and Resources for Parents and Providers

August is National Back to School Month and we hope that health and safety are on your lists! Our back-to-school blog series will be populated throughout the month with topics related to health and safety. Below are also helpful tips and resources for how to prepare your children for school, especially the transition from child care to pre-K, kindergarten and/or after care programs. Check back every Tuesday morning for the latest blog post!

Back to School Blog Series

What to Look for in a Quality Afterschool Program

By Guest Blogger, Julie Keller, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Intern at the Afterschool Alliance

Backpack, paper, pencils, and homework folder: for many families, that’s the standard shopping list for back-to-school season. However, one key item is missing: your child’s afterschool program! Choosing the perfect program for your child can make the transition from early child care to aftercare seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! We want to provide you with some tips that will make choosing a program easy and exciting.

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Include Emergency Planning on Your Back-to-School Checklist

By Holly Nett, Community Resilience Manager, Child Care Aware® of America

As you cross off important items on your family’s back-to-school checklist, don’t forget to be proactive in learning more about the emergency plan at your child’s school or child care program. All schools and before/afterschool child care programs should have an emergency plan in place to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations, such as fires, natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, etc.), bomb threats, and dangerous intruders. Ask your child’s teacher or school administrator for details about their plan, and seek clarifications if you do not fully understand components of the plan.

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Health is Key to School Success

By Krista Scott, Senior Director of Child Care Health Policy and Mia Coward, Public Policy Associate, Child Care Aware® of America

Many parents use August to prepare for the school year and cross many tasks off their list—school supplies, nailing down schedules, new clothes, and converting the family mindset from summer vacation to the school routine. At Child Care Aware® of America, there is one more task. And you should add it to the top of your list, because it affects school readiness.

Health care for your children! We know that early childhood education and child care are vital for the success of our children. But we also know that having access to health coverage is how many children and families are able to live day-to-day without worry about getting sick and not being able to see a doctor. Parents may also find themselves juggling early child care for one or more of their younger children and school for others. Whether focusing on early child care, school, or both, the parent must protect health care access.

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…Check back every Tuesday morning in August for the latest blog post!


Parent and Provider Tips


Foster relationships with children and convey acceptance of anxious feelings they may have.


New school for your child? Schedule a walk-through with the teacher before school starts!


Change can be hard. Transition slowly into a new routine. They will learn to love it!

This is great for continuity between home and school.

Getting your classroom set up for the next day will ease a lot of anxiety – for you and the children!

Written word is a gateway to all kinds of learning. Reading every day helps with English skills.

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