“Back to school already..but it’s only August!”  Yes, it is that time to prepare for the big back to school event.  Just like any other event, planning is the key to success.

Here are some tips and ideas to start you on the way to making the first day of school the great for you and your child.

  1. Re-Establish School Routines. You can begin by having your child practice getting up and dressed at the time they would normally begin their day during the school year.


  1. The longer days of summer make it easy to extend bedtimes. Younger children need 10-11 hours of sleep each night. If you begin the transition to “school year bedtime” by setting bedtime earlier by 15 minutes each week for 4 weeks your child will have gained an entire hour in a month. For more information go to


  1. Create a Launch Pad. This is a single location for all of those “must haves” to get out the door. For more information go to


  1. Don’t save school shopping for the last minute. Get a list of supplies from your child’s school and shop when the items are on sale. Inventory your child’s closet and shop for clothes and shoes that your child will need to start school.


  1. Locate your child’s immunization record and check with the school to see if any vaccinations are required before returning school. Schedule sports physicals and buy any special equipment that is required. For more information go to


  1. Attend orientations and information sessions before the start of the academic year. These give you a chance to meet the teachers, the counselors, the principal and the support staff.


  1. Make after school plans, snow day plans and sick day plans. Have a back-up plan just in case the main plan isn’t available. For more information go to


  1. Continue the successful return to school with monthly tips offered by the U.S. Department of Education in their publication Countdown to School Success. This can be found at