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Early Achievers is Washington’s Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for child care facilities that commit to providing high-quality early learning experiences for children birth to 5 years old. Washington State is among 36 other states that are in the process of implementing or testing a QRIS. Early Achievers is designed to support all programs no matter if you are just starting out in child care or if you’ve been providing high quality care for years.

Early Achievers participants receive support and training from Child Care Resources in preparation for a quality rating based on a set of standards that have been shown to promote school readiness in children. The four quality standard areas are:

  • Child Outcomes

  • Curriculum & Learning Environment & Supports

  • Professional Development

  • Family Engagement & Support

We know that when children have access to high-quality experiences from birth through age 5, they are more likely to be successful in school and later in life.

Early Achievers is unique among other states’ QRIS programs, in that participation is inclusive of many different early learning settings. Early Achievers participants can be licensed family child care homes or licensed child care centers, as well as Head Start or ECEAP and certified tribal or military facilities. The program is a statewide system administered by the Department of Early Learning. Child Care Resources is the contracted agency in King and Pierce Counties that partners with participating licensed family child care homes and child care centers to provide onsite technical assistance, coaching and professional development and training.

It’s a great time to be in Early Achievers!

Here’s why:

  • More free supports and incentives

  • Grant money available. Act now, this funding is limited!

  • Increased Working Connections Child Care subsidy reimbursement rates

  • Early Achievers ratings displayed on Child Care Check for parents to search

  • Free resources and STARS training

  • Personalized coaching

  • Financial Awards

  • Scholarships

Early Achievers has been updated, simplified, and improved overall and it’s here to stay!

Early Achievers has been fully-funded and written into state law with the passage of the Early Start Act this summer.  

Already enrolled in Early Achievers?  Please contact us for information and registration: [email protected]

Child Care Resources has a newsletter exclusively for Early Achievers participants! This newsletter highlights benefits of the program, as well as provide you with helpful tips and resources along your continous quality improvement journey. The newsletter is available in Somali, Spanish and English. Click the image below to take a look!

For more information about Early Achievers, please visit the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Here’s what other Early Achievers participants have to say about their experience:

“I’ve been working in child care for a long time, but my technical assistance specialist has taught me things I didn’t know.”  – Nima, Family Child Care Owner in Kent

“The Early Achievers program brings a lot of excitement to look forward to. I have been very impressed.” – Tali, Center Director in South King County

Young Achievers Learning Center

Young Achiever’s Learning Center
Young Achiever’s Learning Center
Young Achiever’s Learning Center

  • Young Achiever’s Learning Center is a Licensed Child Care Center serving children 6 weeks to 12 years old from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Mission Statement
Young Achiever’s Learning Center
Young Achiever’s Learning Center


  • The purpose of Young Achiever’s Learning Center is to offer high-quality childcare services for children in Franklin  Park and the surrounding communities with the goal of helping children  reach their full potential through the use of innovative programming.  
  • Young Achiever’s Learning Center will provide early childhood programs that a

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  • The purpose of Young Achiever’s Learning Center is to offer high-quality childcare services for children in Franklin  Park and the surrounding communities with the goal of helping children  reach their full potential through the use of innovative programming.  
  • Young Achiever’s Learning Center will provide early childhood programs that are planned to stimulate the  balanced growth of the child:physically, socially, emotionally, and  intellectually. Each child has a unique rate of development, which will  not be hurried or forced, but based on the individual child’s readiness.  This uniqueness will be respected, valued and accepted. Children learn  by doing, imitating, experimenting, and questioning.

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Philosophy Statement
Young Achiever’s Learning Center
Philosophy Statement

  •  As parents and teachers, we are interested in  great beginnings and solid foundations for your children. The right  child care center is an invaluable aid to the continuos unfolding of a  child’s potential. We will offer your child a stimulating, secure and  warm home away from home.  Children are special and we believe in  recognizing a

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  •  As parents and teachers, we are interested in  great beginnings and solid foundations for your children. The right  child care center is an invaluable aid to the continuos unfolding of a  child’s potential. We will offer your child a stimulating, secure and  warm home away from home.  Children are special and we believe in  recognizing and acknowledging them for their accomplishments. Developing  their confidence is what Young Achiever’s Learning Center will always strive to do. .

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Adaptation of a first grader to schooling

Adaptation of a first grader to schooling

Prepared by:

educational psychologists of the mediation department

Gerasimova D. E., Klyushova O.V.

It’s great when everything is first! The first of September, the first time – in the first class,

first call, first lesson, first teacher and first school love!

The beginning of autumn for many parents and children is associated not only with pleasant and exciting moments of preparation for school, but also with the anxious expectation of adaptation to new social conditions.

Before talking about how to help a child adapt to school, it is necessary to understand what adaptation is in general. Adaptation is most often understood as the adaptation of a person to new conditions, his inclusion in the system of new relationships and social ties, the mechanism of socialization of the individual.

When a first grader enters school, the child finds himself in completely different conditions of existence and a new circle of friends. School life differs from kindergarten: daily routine; the transition of the child from play activities leading at preschool age to learning activities. Unlike kindergarten, where preschoolers are considered the oldest children in the children’s team, first-graders are the younger students of the educational organization.

On average, the period of adaptation of a first-grader lasts from 6-8 weeks to 6 months, in some cases longer. The timing of the inclusion of a child in a new social environment depends on many factors, such as the family atmosphere, the somatic status of the child, his personal characteristics, psychological readiness for school, the degree of development of social skills, the complexity of the educational program, the personality of the teacher, etc.

There are usually three stages of adaptation. At the first stage, the child studies the situation, looks at new conditions, learns boundaries, norms of behavior, etc. This stage is physically difficult, first-grader, tense, overly focused, reactions may not always be adequate. This period lasts approximately 2-3 weeks.

The next step will be the adaptation of the child to the new conditions. He already approximately knows how to behave, emotional reactions are more calm. This period also lasts approximately 2-3 weeks.

At the last stage, the forms of behavior are finally fixed, the concept of “I am a student”, “I am a student” is evaluated. This period lasts from 5-6 weeks to a year.

Thus, the adaptation of a first grader to school life is not a quick, complex and multifaceted process. The harmonious flow of this process is impossible without the help of an adult, from whom support, clarifications, clarifications, or just hugs are needed. Parents should understand that the adaptation process is temporary and how it goes depends largely on the behavior of the adult.

First of all, at home for a first-grader it is necessary to create a calm and friendly atmosphere, this is not the time for shouting, scandals, criticism and showdown.

The second important point will be the organization of the child’s day regimen.

In the first grade, the child for the first time officially, in contrast to the kindergarten, does not fit into daytime sleep. However, the emotional and physical load is huge, especially in the first weeks of training. That is why it is important to provide a first-grader with a full night’s sleep, if possible, daytime. Night sleep should be at least 9.5 hours, and it is better to put the child to bed at night no later than 21-21.30 pm.

No less important are regular long walks in the fresh air with active activities: outdoor games, cycling, walking. During this period, it is much more valuable to take a walk in the fresh air than an additional English lesson or two sheets in copybook.

The third important point is the diet. Parents, of course, know that the child should eat regularly and healthy foods. But at the beginning of schooling, the lack of breakfast or its scarcity negatively affects both the learning process and the adaptation process. Equally important is the lunch break. Many children refuse to eat, preferring quick snacks. Malnutrition does not give the child strength for further learning.

From the first day at school, parents must take care of the drinking regime. It is worth immediately accustoming the child to take a bottle of water with him and drink it during the day.

All these measures will contribute to the preservation of the physical health of the child, giving strength to the body to adapt to the new environment, and not spend them on survival in difficult conditions.

In addition to a good atmosphere in the home, parents and the teacher create a favorable atmosphere in the classroom together. In many ways, the child’s adaptation to school depends on the situation in the children’s team. If the younger student is comfortable, interesting and not afraid, this facilitates the process.

On the part of parents, active participation in the life of the class is required at the initiative of the teacher (organization of a trip, trips to theaters, museums, etc.). But besides this, parents, on their own initiative, invite their child’s classmates to various events. How can this be organized? For example, the family gathered at the cinema on the weekend. In the general group, chat, children and parents who wish to attend this event at this time are invited. Such informal meetings allow parents of students to get to know each other better, but most importantly, it allows them to unite the children’s team and find interesting topics for discussion in the class. When children perceive each other not only as “Masha the excellent student” or “Petya the loser”, all this helps the teacher to maintain a favorable psychological atmosphere in the classroom.

In addition, a first grader needs the support and care of loved ones. The fact that a child goes to school does not stop him from being a child. Hugs, bedtime stories, and a favorite plush rabbit on the pillow are just as important to him. Childhood is not over, it just entered a new phase.

Excessive attention of parents to the success of the child in school should not replace interest in the child’s personality itself. Yes, today he did not manage to write a beautiful line in the copybook, but he is much better than he read the text in the ABC yesterday, or he himself packed a backpack to school. Take the time to just talk to your child, discuss their wants and interests, and find out how they feel. Don’t be afraid to openly discuss and express your emotions – not only during the adaptation of first graders to school, but throughout your child’s school life. Children very subtly feel if their parents hide something and withdraw into themselves.

During the first months, parents’ help in organizational matters is important: to help pack a backpack, make correct entries in a notebook, and prepare everything necessary for the lesson. This does not mean that starting to collect a backpack in the first grade, parents will do this for all 11 years of their child’s schooling, but the help is simply necessary at first.

It is recommended that the child develop certain algorithms of action: organization of space for learning, the process of doing homework, collecting a backpack and pencil case, storing things. The child must clearly understand where the place for the briefcase is, where he can take a clean shirt, where to put used things, where his textbooks or spare pens will be.

Many parents are interested in the question of including a first-grader in additional education. It seems that right now you need to take all your free time with useful activities. But it is worth remembering that the resources of the body of the child the entire first grade are spent on adapting to new conditions. It is best to leave only those additional activities that the child already knows and can do. Postpone new circles and sections until grade 2.

If parents often see a child tired, he hardly falls asleep in the evening and wakes up in the morning, often complains about classmates, about the demands of teachers, often emotionally not restrained (cries over nothing, suddenly becomes aggressive, cannot calm down for a long time), then this is a reason to turn to specialists. These phenomena are the first signals of impaired or unformed adaptation to school. It is necessary to identify and eliminate the cause of maladjustment, to form a positive motivation for the first-grader for everyday learning activities, to provide him with moral and emotional support. With the help of the joint work of a teacher, psychologist, parents, children with school maladjustment can successfully adapt to the school environment.

There are criteria that will help parents understand whether the process of adapting a first grader to school was successful:

– the child attends school with pleasure, while understanding that this is a place for study, and not for entertainment;

– after class there is no excessive fatigue, the child is alert, does not complain of headaches or weakness, good appetite remains, sleep is calm, there are no problems with going to the toilet;

– the child is happy to talk about new friends at school;

– the child likes the teachers and the process of obtaining new knowledge at school;

– the child does not want to return to kindergarten;

– the teacher often praises the child, notes his successes, than criticizes the behavior, lack of concentration, lack of desire to study in the classroom.

In the case of a successful combination of all the factors listed above, the first grader rises to a new stage of development, joins school life and does not experience emotional discomfort while in the classroom.

To help your child successfully adapt to school, you can also use the following literature:

– Bykova A. Schoolchildren of the “lazy mother”. – M.: Eksmo, 2018 – 240 p.

– Dmitrieva S.V. “Nails” for the school. TOP 10 skills of a future first grader. – LitRes: Samizdat, 2019 – 120 p.

– Kostyak, T.V. Psychological adaptation of first-graders / T.V. Backbone – M.: Academy, 2008. – 232 p.

– Melnikova V.V. Three steps to great learning! A practical guide for parents and future honors students. – M.: Litera, 2012 – 64 p.

– Miroshina A.B. Adaptation of parents to school. – M .: Phoenix, 2020 – 189 p.

– Modestova T.V. Soon to school. Recommendations to parents on choosing a school and solving problems of adaptation. – M.: Litera, 2014 – 80 p.

– Chudinova E.V. Hello first class! Workbook for the adaptation of the child at school (1-5 weeks). – M .: Education / Binom, 2021 – 64 p.

– Chudnyavtsev S.V. How to overcome school crises, or Psychology of a modern student. – M.: Phoenix, 2017 – 175 p.

Sources used:

  1. Aloeva, M.A. The best parent meetings in elementary school / M.A. Aloev. Roston-on-Don. Phoenix 2017 – 315 p.
  2. Badanina L.P. Adaptation of a first-grader: an integrated approach // Primary school plus Before and After. – 2007. – N 12. – S. 59-62.
  3. Bezrukikh M. Why is it difficult to study? / M. Bezrukikh, S. Efremova, B. Kruglov. – M .: Family and school, 2017. – 310 p.
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Adaptation of first graders to school

04.09.2017 08:35

Adaptation of first graders to school.

Tips for parents.

The beginning of autumn for many parents was marked by a solemn event: the baby went to the first grade. Usually, both children and parents prepare for this for a long time and hard: they attend preparatory courses and classes, undergo diagnostics for psychological readiness for school. However, the transition from preschool life to school does not always go smoothly, as it is accompanied by psychological and social problems. A first-grader has a new daily routine, duties, which often causes fatigue, irritability, capriciousness, disobedience. How long this difficult period will last is impossible to say unequivocally, in each family it is individual. An atmosphere should reign in the family that will help the child to integrate into school life as comfortably as possible, succeeding in the field of knowledge. After all, if you do not support a first-grader in time, then the negative of the first difficulties at school can develop into a persistent dislike for learning. How to help a little student get used to school as soon as possible, read in this article.

Adaptation to school.

Adaptation to school is the child’s transition to systematic schooling and getting used to school conditions. Each first grader experiences this period in his own way. Before school, most of the children attended kindergarten, where every day was filled with games and play activities, walks, and daytime sleep and a leisurely daily routine did not let the kids get tired. At school, everything is different: new requirements, an intensive regimen, the need to keep up with everything. How to adapt to them? This requires strength and time, and most importantly – the understanding of parents that this is necessary.

It is generally accepted that the adaptation of a first grader lasts from the first 10-15 days to several months. This is influenced by many factors, such as the specifics of the school, the nature of the child and his level of readiness for school, the volume of workload and the level of complexity of the educational process, and others. And here you can not do without the help of a teacher and relatives: parents and grandparents.


Coming to the first grade is one of the most important and difficult periods in a child’s life. Admission to school is often the cause of an emotionally stressful situation, because a child, due to a change in the situation, is forced to change his usual behavior, due to which his psycho-emotional load increases.

In the first days at school, a first-grader is faced with tasks that must be solved with all his strength. The child falls under the influence of factors such as:

– the personality of the teacher

– a team of classmates

– a new daily routine

– restriction of motor activity

– new duties.

During this period, the child has a lot of questions that he is unable to answer. Why sit still for the whole lesson? Because of what you can not rush along the corridor, play, shout? After preschool games in kindergarten, school life seems uninteresting and boring. Compliance with all the rules of the school regime seems impossible, because it is difficult for a first grader to manage his emotions and regulate his desires. Now the most important thing is the result: diligently study, get high marks. That is why the crisis comes, and with it the first insults and disappointments. Both teachers and parents face the first difficulties, namely:

– poor progress

– unwillingness to do something

– negativism

– demonstrativeness

– laziness.

Our psychological and pedagogical recommendations will help to cope with these difficulties.


Adaptation of first graders is divided into stages.

First stage: the child comes to school for the first time.

This stage usually begins in April-May, when parents bring their child to preparatory classes for school. Usually, the teaching staff is already familiar with the problem of adaptation of babies and tries to carry out optimal preventive work in this direction, namely:

– introduce children to the school and its territory (guided tour)

– improve the child’s gross and fine motor skills (through special exercises)

– conduct sports activities

– develop general intelligence balance and mental health of the child.

Second stage: the child adapts directly to the school.

This stage is the most difficult and responsible for children and their parents. It lasts six months from the moment of the first call. Here teachers are called:

– provide pedagogical support to first-graders

– identify and take into account the individual characteristics and abilities of students in the construction of the educational process

– advise parents on the problem of adaptation to school, assist them in developing tactics for communicating with children.

The third stage: a teacher or a psychologist works with schoolchildren who show signs of maladaptation.

This step is developed during the second semester of first grade to identify and address learning problems associated with individual children’s communication difficulties and other school difficulties.

The work is carried out in the following directions:

– diagnostics of the child’s mental health (aggressiveness, self-esteem, anxiety)

– correctional and developmental work with students who are experiencing difficulties (learning, behavior, communication)

– counseling by a school psychologist for teachers and parents on education and communication

– tracking the results of adaptation of first-graders.

Adaptation program.

When drawing up an adaptation program for your first grader, we recommend that you take into account three main components: psychological, physiological and social adaptation. Surrounding the student with love and creating the most favorable conditions for him in the family, you will help him avoid stress in the new environment. Take care of a clear, well-thought-out daily routine for a first grader. Do not cancel daytime sleep: it will be easier for the child to recuperate. Find an opportunity not to leave the first-grader on the “extension” – after all, he needs rest at home so much.

Teach your child how to communicate with classmates. Explain how important it is to be polite, attentive to peers – and communication at school will only be a joy.


Psychological readiness of a first grader is manifested in the fact that the child goes to school with pleasure and does his homework, he is happy to share school events with his family. The opposite attitude towards school indicates that the child is not yet accustomed to school. This is a signal for parents to help the first-grader get used to it faster.

“Council. Listen carefully to the child and delve into all the problems that he tells you about. Don’t make fun of him, don’t humiliate him, don’t cite as an example those children who do better in school. This will only lead to isolation, secrecy, irritation, unwillingness to tell parents about their worries.

Praise your child more often, support him. The joy of even the smallest success will make the first grader more confident in his abilities. Frequent criticism will have a negative effect: the student may believe that he is a failure. The child must understand that the advantage is in individuality, because everyone has their own talents and abilities. Help him, if he can’t cope with something, teach and show him how to do it right, but never do everything for him. Let him learn to work independently – otherwise he will never learn.

A friendly and calm atmosphere in the family is important for successful psychological adaptation. Do not forget to rest, play calm games, walk.

Recommendations for the psychological adaptation of a first-grader:

Create an atmosphere of well-being in the family. Love the child.

Build your child’s high self-esteem.

Do not forget that your child is a value in itself for parents.

Take an interest in the school, ask your child about the events of each day.

Spend time with your child after school.

Avoid physical abuse of the child.

Consider the character and temperament of the child – only an individual approach. Observe what he does better and faster, and where help should be given, prompted.

Give the first grader independence in organizing their own learning activities. Control appropriately.

Reward the student for various achievements, not just academic ones. Encourage him to reach his goals.


During the period of adaptation to school, the child’s body is exposed to stress. Medical statistics show that among first-graders there are always children who lose weight as soon as they study the first quarter, some children have low blood pressure, and some have high blood pressure. Headaches, whims, neurotic states are not a complete list of physiological problems that can happen to your child.

Before you reproach your child for being lazy and slacking off from school duties, remember what health problems he has. Nothing complicated – just be attentive to your baby.

What advice would you give parents of a first-grader from a physiological point of view?

Form the daily routine of a first-grader, different from the daily routine of a preschooler, gradually.

Make it a rule to follow the change of activities at home.

Do not forget about regular physical education sessions when doing homework.

Monitor the correct posture of the student.

Properly illuminate the area where the child does homework.

Watch out for the proper nutrition of a first grader. On the recommendation of a doctor – give vitamin preparations.

Activate the child’s motor activity, hardening.

Keep your child healthy for at least 9.5 hours of sleep.

Limit TV and computer games.

Cultivate your child’s will and independence.


Children who have not attended kindergarten may have problems communicating with classmates. In kindergarten, the child goes through a process of socialization, where he acquires communication skills and ways to build relationships in a team. At school, the teacher does not always pay attention to this. That is why your child will again need the help of parents.

Be attentive to your child’s reports of relationships with classmates. Try to help with good advice, look for the answer in the psychological and pedagogical literature. Try to tell him how to overcome the conflict situation. Maintain contact with the teacher and parents of those children with whom your child has a relationship.