Outside of the more common transitions discussed above, there are a number of other changes children might experience during childhood. Remember that even changes that seem routine to adults can be stressful for children, who may need adult support to cope. Any break in a typical routine can be considered a transition.
- Transitions between adults and settings include moving between classrooms in the same child care center
or movement between different schools.
- Consult resources on the importance of continuity of care
- Mid-year or multiple relocations
include children and families experiencing homelessness, migrant or seasonal
families, children experiencing foster care, expulsions, parental job change or
relocation, and military appointments.
- Review Staying connected when a parent is away.
- Check out resources for supporting military families.
- Seasonal transitions occur when
children experience seasonal breaks such as winter, spring, or summer
- Check out ideas to support transitioning during winter break
- Transitions due to family separation include children in dual households when parents are separated, or
who experience separation due to military deployment, incarceration, or
- Check out the Zero to Three Resources, Divorce with an under 3 in the House , Living Apart Parenting Together, and Effects of Deployment on Young Children.