SFUSD Enrollment season is upon us! This Friday, letters go out to students and families letting them know which schools they can enroll in in this fall. Now that my girls are in the 3rd grade, it is easy to forget the anxiety and worry that many parents are currently feeling. They say: “Hindsight is 20-20.” With that in mind, I thought I’d take a moment to provide some perspective for parents who may be nervous right now.

Baby owls wake up and their mother is gone! A mommy raccoon eases her baby raccoon’s worries about the first day of school. A mommy pig reassures her little one about being away… Use these great books to ease separation anxiety and worries about school.

With all of the differing definitions of kindergarden and kindergarten readiness over time, across cultures and communities, and even between teachers and parents, how can families know if their youngsters are ready for their first day of school?