Five Short Stories to Help Your Child Overcome the Fear of Going to School

Do you have a little one making the transition from home to preschool or from preschool to kindergarten?  Or maybe your child is changing schools and isn’t sure they will be able to make new friends.  Whatever transition your child is facing, here are some great books that might help ease their fears and remind them of all the fun they’ll have in their new classroom.  After all, if a frog and a carton of milk can do it, so can they!

Just click on the links below to hear each of the short stories read aloud while you and your child read along.

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London

Froggy’s cheerful attitude and his mother’s wisdom come together in this story about anxiety about the first day of school.

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Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Anyone who has ever had a meltdown at school understands how Llama feels when he starts missing his mama on the first day of school.  Thankfully, good friends, a kind teacher, and knowing that his mama always comes back will help him get through the day.

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon is afraid to start school and does not want to go.  Sometimes, we need something to make us feel brave when we’re doing something new.  Mother Raccoon knows just what that is and her secret will give Chester Raccoon the courage he needs on his first day of school.

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Milk Goes to School by Terry Border

As one determined and confident milk carton goes to school, she learns important lessons in her classroom, including how to make lots of new friends.

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I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

Lola is not too sure about going to school, and her big brother Charlie knows that his little sister does not want to go.  But when Charlie tells her she can take her imaginary friend with her, Lola decides she might be willing to give it a try.

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Head Start Parents, What Kind of Technology Support Do You Need for Virtual Learning?

HCHRA Head Start parents, we will be providing virtual learning for all of our Head Start students from August 31 to October 2.  To help us understand what kind of technology support you need during this time, we would like for you to complete a very short survey.  Your reply is needed by August 14.

Thank you for helping us better meet your needs as we work to provide the best learning opportunities and keep our children safe.

Central Office Staff Is Available to Address Your Needs

Due to a water outage, HCHRA Central Office staff will be working remotely today.  Family opportunities advisors and other Central Office staff are available and accessible via email to address customer needs.

If you need assistance, but you are not sure whom you should contact, email us at or call (601) 923-1822, and a staff person will respond within 24 hours.

More Online Learning Resources for Head Start Parents

In the face of COVID-19, parents have done an excellent job of utilizing the online resources and printed materials that HCHRA has provided along the way to keep Head Start students engaged in learning every day.

Although we are almost at the end of the school year, we remain committed to making sure our children don’t fall behind.

This week, HCHRA has added two new websites with loads of fun learning activities.  One will help strengthen math skills, while the other provides activities in American Sign Language and English. The two new sites, along with a full list of other learning resources, are listed below.

Also, don’t forget that all children who are not going on to kindergarten will return to Head Start for the upcoming school year.  The deadline to secure your child’s Head Start slot is May 29th.  To complete enrollment, please call us at (601) 923-3950 and a staff member from our Department of Family Opportunities will be happy to help you complete the process.  You can also reach us by email at to get help with enrollment or any of the other support services we provide.

Online Learning Resources You Can Use to Help Your Child Prepare for Success in School

Didax provides at-home learning activities to make math concepts come alive. Parents can download resources and information to help guide them and their children through the activities.

Motion Light Lab provides American Sign Language (ASL) and English literacy activities for young deaf children to support bilingual development. The site gives you access to story books, storytelling and live-streamed literacy lessons featuring deaf narrators and accompanying worksheets.

ABCYa provides games that touch on all academic areas — from ABCs to holidays.  It was created by teachers, and is aligned to standards. It never collects personal data, and is FREE on PCs. provides printable worksheets and online activities to help children learn letters, numbers, words, and fine motor skills.

Seussville lets children enjoy interactive reading games and activities featuring classic Dr. Seuss books and characters. The site includes a character guide, videos, book catalogue, Seuss biography, and tips for parents.

Starfall provides opportunities for young children to have fun while learning their ABCs and reading skills through positive reinforcement in a brightly colored environment full of activities, games, and songs.

The Health and Nutrition Preschool Activities website has health and nutrition activities and crafts for families to complete at home.

Scholastic: Clifford the Big Red Dog is a fun-filled learning resource for beginning readers.  The site features interactive storybooks, games and bilingual stories.

Parenting the Super Kid at Meal Times provides nutritional activities for parents and children and helps build on the practice of family-style meals at home.

StoryPlace offers preschoolers a virtual library experience.  Children can participate in story-time, watch videos, and play games.  The bilingual site also provides early literacy information and a guide to children’s books for parents and caregivers.

myON is an online collection of thousands of fiction and nonfiction digital books that you can access from home or anywhere you have Internet access!  You can also download books for offline reading.  About 10% of the titles are available in Spanish, and the book reader allows children to choose different reading support tools like audio narration (where the content of the book is said aloud as the child reads along), text highlighting (to show what word is being read), and there’s also a dictionary for every book. myON also gives you the ability to practice the Star Early Literacy Assessment – the reading test for students to take on a computer.  Below is all of the information you need to get started.

School Name:  Hinds County Human Resource Agency
Username: headstart
Password:  read

The Healthy at Home Toolkit provides our families with free learning activities that are easy to implement and can meet the different learning needs of our Head Start children. This toolkit was created by Teaching Strategies, ReadyRosie and The Creative Curriculum – they are the very same tools our teachers use in the Head Start classroom everyday.

Click here to access the Healthy at Home Toolkit. If you have trouble accessing the link, go to

Although we can’t physically come together at this time, these tools will provide endless hours of great learning activities.