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Helping a Child Cope With the Loss of a Teacher or Classmate

Children spend a great deal of their time in preschool with teachers and other children. Even at the earliest of ages, young children develop meaningful relationships with their classmates. Teachers have important roles in the lives of children and when they are suddenly absent for a long period from school a child suffers a loss. It is helpful to explain to a child if a teacher is leaving due to changing schools, classrooms, or even leaving the job altogether. Classmates and friends often move away for various reasons. Preparing a child for this change will pave the way to a smooth transition.

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