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Jun 6, 2023 3 min read

Four Tips to Make Parents Comfortable on the First Day of Preschool

Leah Woodbury By: Leah Woodbury
illustration of parents and kids waving to camera outside a preschool

First day drop-offs are never easy — especially for parents. A recent survey found that 63% of moms feel the first day of preschool is harder for them than their kids!

Let’s take a look at how you can make parents feel more comfortable when they drop off their kids at your preschool for the first time.

1. Host an Preschool Open House for Parents

Invite parents to tour your daycare and preschool classroom before the first day. Hosting a preschool open house will help them get a feel for what you have to offer and lower their anxiety.

Create a presentation with your plans for the year and show them where their little one will be sitting. Be sure to have some activities on hand for any soon-to-be students who might tag along.

An open house for preschool parents will help calm their jitters and introduce both them and their preschoolers to the new environment.

2. Get Personal

Other great parent tips for first day of preschool that will help families feel welcomed and appreciated include having a personalized note and/or small gift waiting for each of your students when they arrive. This is a great way to kickstart your relationship with families and show that you’re excited to have their kids in your classroom. It will also help put parents’ minds at ease knowing their child will be cared for while they’re gone.

Not sure where to begin with your welcome letter? Check out these teacher welcome letter templates.

3. Provide Ideas for Goodbye Rituals

a parent holding her toddler and talking to a preschool teacher

Encourage parents to practice a positive departure on the first day. Tell them to prepare a short farewell routine with a hug or handshake followed by a fun phrase like, “see you later, alligator!” These types of parent tips for first day of preschool are great because parents and their little ones won’t feel as bad about separating from each other.

4. Assure Parents that You’re Monitoring Their Child’s Progress with Vine Assessments

Vine Assessments is an integrated framework that gives early childhood educators and staff a way to clearly articulate the growth and development of children in their care. 

It includes clear and easy childhood assessments that align with all 50 state standards and provides developmental continuums with 21 goals that apply to children from birth to age 5 as they prepare for kindergarten. 

Screenshot showing how a teacher can enter an observation into Vine Assessments

Procare Solutions is the only provider of child care management software to offer integrated proprietary early childhood assessments for children from birth to 5 years old at no additional cost.

Students benefit greatly when their teachers use Vine Assessments. Their development is properly measured and the need for early intervention can be identified sooner than later.  

Because Vine Assessments is embedded into Procare, it’s easy for teachers to use and does not require additional software purchases. It provides numerous reports for administrators and parents can learn from the tagging of activities and the descriptions that teachers include.  

Request a demo to see how your center can use Vine Assessments in your preschool classes and in other rooms of your child care center!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leah Woodbury

Leah Woodbury is the head of content at Procare Solutions. Her job includes writing about topics that matter to child care professionals and finding ways to help them do their important work. She’s a mom of two who loves getting updates about what her preschooler is doing during the day via the Procare child care mobile app!

Leah Woodbury