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PREPARE: If you have a little one entering kindergarten, you'll want to read this.

Did you know that your child's transition into school is not only an exciting step in growing up, but also a determinant in your child's future academic performance? A National Institute of Health study showed transition practices a school has in place to smooth a child's initial path into kindergarten were directly correlated to academic achievement by the end of kindergarten. One mom had trouble with the transition with her son, so she spoke with the experts and put together five tips every parent should follow to make the first day of school a success.

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