It is the start of a new beginning for many preschoolers in Clay County.
"Our goal is to make the children more comfortable," Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton said.
"We usually have an open house in the evening. However, this year the staff felt like opening up more time slots would really allow the children and parents to explore."
Teachers visited the homes of their students and screened the children ahead of time, but this was the first opportunity the students had to see their classrooms.
"The parents have been great for allowing the teachers into their homes," she said. "The students enjoy seeing a familiar face and it allows the teachers and parents to talk to the students about how school is fun."
According to Yelton, having a smooth transition is pertinent for a child's success in school.
"For a lot of children, this is first time away from mom and dad," she said. "I'm thrilled to see all of the parent involvement, which is so important for the children to see."
The staff at LEAAP met with Kindergarten teachers before school started and they stressed to encourage the children to learn nursery rhymes and letter sounds. According to Yelton, it is the combined effort of the preschool staff and the collaboration with the Kindergarten teachers as well as positive reinforcement from parents that will ensure the success of the children.
"Preschool is a nice transition," she said. "Preschool is half day while Kindergarten is a full day. So preschool really helps the children to prepare."