A student peeks out from behind her UNICEF notebook in Mbera refugee camp in southeastern Mauritania in 2021.

Back-to-School Anxiety: How to Support Your Child's Mental Health

After more than a year of COVID-19 school closures, remote learning and social isolation, feelings about going back to school are more complicated than usual for many children this fall.


Below, some expert advice on how parents can stay connected to their kids, ease reentry anxiety and help smooth the transition to a successful new academic year.


Watch the video to learn 9 ways parents can ease kids' back-to-school anxiety:




As students in the United States begin to safely return to in-person classes, schools must be equipped to deal with the anxiety, stress and interrupted social development caused by COVID-19. Now more than ever, we need to ensure every child has access to mental health services through their school. Urge Congress to pass the Mental Health Services for Students Act.





Top photo: A student peeks out from behind her UNICEF notebook in M'Berra refugee camp in southeastern Mauritania. UNICEF is working with the government and partners to support education programs at the camp, which hosts more than 67,000 refugees, including almost 40,000 children. © UNICEF/UN0470700/Pouget. Video by Tong Su for UNICEF USA.