Top 10 Back to School Tips
  1. Make arrangements for your child to participate in after-school activities and/or child care that specializes in developmentally appropriate activities. Contact the SC-CCRRN to learn about quality indicators for school-age programs, especially those designed to care for the children of working parents.

  2. Get a school supply checklist from your child’s school and create a budget for back to school shopping (to cut costs, purchase only the items on the list).

  3. Get a copy of the new school year calendar, and record important dates in your cell phone calendar or work calendar (i.e. school holidays, spring break, early dismissal, teacher in-service days, half-days).

  4. Create a grocery list of healthy foods for snacks and school lunches. Encourage your child to select their favorite healthy foods during visits to the grocery store.

  5. Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule at least a week before school starts.

  6. Create a safe route for getting to school. Even if your child rides a bus, know where the bus stops in your neighborhood as well as pick-up and drop-off times.

  7. Select an area in your home for homework (such as a desk, kitchen table, etc.). Make sure area has all the necessary school supplies to complete homework assignments or special projects.

  8. Select a homework time such as 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (or maybe 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for working parents). If your child has no homework, have a basket of books so your child can read until homework time is over.

  9. Visit the school to meet your child’s teacher and other school personnel (principal, nurse, gym teacher, etc.). Make sure they have your current contact information so you can partner together to help your child have a successful year.

  10. Stay involved!  Talk with your child daily about their favorite school activities, new friends and upcoming special school events.