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Preparing for Back to School in 2021 (Bright Horizons Education Team)


As we head into the 2021-2022 school year, fragments of uncertainty remain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thoughts about children’s physical health and safety, such as germ transmission and mask wearing, are blending with concerns about how to prepare children academically, socially, and emotionally for a return to school in 2021.

This article provides four suggested areas where parents and caregivers can help prepare a young child for the return to the school year in 2021:

  • Address nervous feelings
  • Encourage school readiness skills
  • Create routines and schedules
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher


Behavior Family Engagement Parent/Family Social/Emotional