North Dakota program working to help families prepare for school year

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota's Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division is working with parents and caregivers to prepare for the school year.

'Parents Lead' offers support as children transition back to school. Professionals work directly with children, parents and families to provide information about recognizing the signs and symptoms of a behavioral health concern.

“Transitioning back to school can be both exciting and overwhelming for children and their families,” said division assistant director Laura Anderson. “Equipping parents and caregivers with simple strategies can help start the school year off on the right foot.”

These tips are offered through the program for parents to help their children prepare for the new school year:

  • Ease into a routine so the first few days of school are not so stressful.
  • Encourage involvement in structured after-school programs to gain self-confidence by developing skills.
  • Set limits through household rules and expectations to help reduce risky behaviors.
  • Stay engaged in school events and classwork to support overall well-being.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of substance use or mental health concerns.

Interested individuals can order Parents Lead resources online at no cost from the North Dakota Prevention Resource and Media Center by clicking here.