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Many parents have said that sending their child off to school for the first time can be stressful. We understand parents' concerns and have created some resources to help get your child's education off to a great start.


Getting Your Child Ready for Preschool

Our philosophy is that three and four year olds are ready to experience a developmentally appropriate classroom. Some children need more help than others, but our preschools are designed to nurture young students at various developmental stages. The Jeffco curriculum and our caring supportive staff will help them reach their highest potential.

Here are some things you can do to help prepare your child for preschool:

  • Promote independence. Provide opportunities for your child to play with other children and meet new people. Your child will watch you to see how they are expected to react. If you seem fearful, they will be fearful too. Let your child experience unstructured play time. This chance to safely play by themselves and experiment will promote independence.
  • Encourage teamwork and cooperation. Let your child workout minor squabbles with siblings and playmates.
  • Talk about going to school. Keep the conversation relaxed and positive. Casually point out the school building when you drive by, take a stroll around the playground. Show your child a school bus.
  • Read books about school. Find stories that talk positively about preschool or kindergarten. Show your child the pictures of children at school.
  • Role play. Spend 15 minutes in "pretend school." Take turns being the teacher and student. Help your child visualize what preschool might be like. Pack a sack lunch or put lunch on a tray like the school cafeteria.
  • Schedule a visit to the school. Let your child see what the classroom looks like and see children at work.

How to Say Goodbye

Saying goodbye may not be easy, but some preparation can make things go smoother.

  • Make sure your child understands before you arrive, that you will be leaving for awhile, but will return.
  • Plan to stay on the first day for 10 to 15 minutes. Get your child settled in and familiar with the room.
  • Find a playmate, or a book or some activity that will ease the transition.
  • When its time to go remind your child you will be back soon, then say a quick goodbye. Don't sneak away, children must learn that saying goodbye is part of the process.
  • Your child may show fear or cry, but offer a reassuring word. If you hear your child begin to cry, don't return to the classroom. The teacher or the assistant will be there to start a great new day in school.

Connect with the Community

Talking to other parents who are sending their kids to school for the first time can provide just the support you need to make the preschool transition a great experience. There are a variety of options for connecting with other parents. Join the school PTA or parent group, check your local community center or go online. Jeffco Public Schools has a Facebook page where many parents comment.


Contact

If you have any questions about your child's school or classroom, please contact the preschool teacher. If you need additional information, about the district's preschool program, please call our office.

Preschool Office
Phone: 303-982-1737
Fax: 303-982-1742


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