The first day of school can be filled with mixed emotions for our children and their parents, excitement, apprehension and even anxiety. Big new steps in our children’s lives create big, new feelings – and our Soar in 4 early learners made this transition without tears. The start of preschool was a milestone that was anticipated with great excitement and joy. Our Soar in 4 families reported that they had less anxiety having their child enter preschool because they had participated in our summer Soar in 4 events. Their bi-weekly conversations with their child’s teacher and bi-weekly on campus activities prepared them so they knew exactly what to expect, the rules and routines, and were prepared for the start of this new adventure. The warm and nurturing classroom staff knew about each child through the summer conversations and meetings. This helped to reassure the family and reduce first day separation anxiety. Our class of 2031 was ready and excited for their first day of school and so were their parents.