Helping Your Child Adjust to Care

Feelings of fear and loss are very common during the transition time. Children and families feel the hardship of separating from one another, especially if this is a first-time early care and education experience.

Issues to Consider:
  • If you are leaving one provider or program and beginning another, be sure to allow yourself and your child time to say goodbye. Make sure you talk with the teachers or provider about a goodbye procedure that works for them and for your child.
  • Decide how you will stay in touch and be sure to follow through, even if it is just to send a postcard with a message from your child to his/her old teacher and classmates. 
  • Many children seem to adapt to a new place or provider quickly, then later have feelings of separation anxiety. Be patient with these changes, which can even include some “backsliding” in areas such as toilet training. Be calm and reassuring; your child will recover soon.
  • Your child may have disturbances in sleeping or eating patterns during this time.
  • Understand that it may take a few months for your child to adjust completely to a new situation.
  • Remember that infants between the ages of 7 to 12 months may experience a heightened stranger-anxiety phase, which makes separation more difficult (more crying or fussing). If you can stay with your baby for the first time or two, and be present while your baby becomes familiar with a new adult, it can be helpful.
  • Sometimes leaving a photo of yourself or the family is helpful for your child to have during the day.
  • Make sure the provider or teachers know how to reach you during the day. Sometimes a family member can reassure a child over the phone.
  • Be sure to say goodbye to your child before you leave at drop-off time. A firm, loving goodbye goes a long way to help your child to have a good day in early care and education!
Adapted from Beansprout 2002



Change the First Five Years...

Glow Bowling Birthday Party

Join the folks at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County for a Glow Bowling Birthday Party at Superplay in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, July 31, from 7-9 PM. Your $10 admission includes two games of bowling and bowling shoes, birthday cake & lemonade, all to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Early Learning Coalition, in support of early childhood education, in St. Lucie County.

No bowling pledge sheets needed here as this is a P-A-R-T-Y not a bowl-a-thon, but you can bring the whole family out for glowingly great time.

We want you to party like it's 1999, which is when the ELC was established to promote early childhood education and administer the free Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.

We've moved to our new permanent office!

We've moved our office to a NEW, PERMANENT, MORE CONVENIENT location! Our new office is on the Third Floor of the Treasure Health Building, 5000 Dunn Road, in Fort Pierce (on the corner of Midway Road and Dunn) with regular office hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Our phone numbers and extensions have all remained the same.  Reach us at 772-595-6424.


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