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Use these resources and tips to help prepare your child for the new school year.

Immunizations and Other Health Requirements

It's a good idea to take your child for a physical and eye exam before school starts. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations and may need documentation. Failing to keep immunizations current could prevent your child from attending school. Check the immunization requirements in your state.

Bring all health-related forms that the school requires when you take your child to the doctor. If your child will be participating in a sport, his/her doctor may have to sign a release form. Be sure to keep your own copy of any records.

Let your child's doctor know if you have any questions or concerns about the scheduled vaccines or any other health-related issues that may be affecting your child.

Financial Assistance for Families

There are several programs and resources available to ease the financial burden of going back to school, including low cost meals and affordable health insurance.

Find out if your family qualifies for any Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program. 

For free or low-cost health coverage, see if you qualify for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you don't qualify, you can find and compare health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment for 2015 runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.

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Homework Help

Homework can provide many benefits for children. It can improve memory and comprehension, develop study skills, and teach children how to manage time. You can help by making sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework and provide assistance, but not complete answers. Learn how to help your kids with homework and succeed in school.

School Supplies

Many school supplies, such as pens, binders, and notebooks, can be reused. Sort through the materials you already have, separating those that your child can use again from those that should be recycled or tossed. Get more tips on how to reduce waste during the school year

Some states offer a "sales tax holiday" for a few days each year. This means that certain products won't be taxed during a set period of time. If your state offers a sales tax holiday, you may be able to save money on clothes, shoes, and other supplies. Check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.

Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness

Nutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet. 

Learn about healthy lunches, breakfasts, and snacks your child can get at school and get tips on preparing a healthy school lunch and making small changes at home to improve your family's diet.

Exercise is an important part of a child's health. Physical activity helps build muscle, promote strong bones, and control weight. Get ideas to help promote an active lifestyle

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