1. Start with a clean, well-organized classroom
2. Decorate the walls
3. Have cubbies, labels, class lists, and name tags ready
4. Display photos of the children and their families (and get photos of a new child as soon as possible)
5. Learn families names before the first day
6. Identify volunteer family ambassadors
7. Offer warm greetings
8. Follow each child’s individual schedule for feeling comfortable the first few weeks
When children start in a new program they are often nervous or afraid and the families want to know the teacher will value their child and appreciate them. These tips will help to ease transitions into your program or classroom.
For more resources on welcoming children and families to your program, go to tyc.naeyc.org/articles/programCollection.asp.
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