The early school years are full of excitement and growth -- and new academic expectations. Find out what skills you can expect your child to master in kindergarten, and how to help your child develop them outside the classroom.
There isn't a wrong or a right way for a child to deal with being away from Mom and Dad for the first time. Different kids handle separation anxiety in different ways. The better you know your child's separation style, the more you can help him get through the first day of school.
We talked to Parents advisor Robert Pianta, PhD, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, about why good, affordable early-childhood programs are important to all American kids.