Elementary School Parents

Everyone can go to college, and we hope we can encourage more students — including yours — to plan for it. It is important that your children do well in school now to prepare for college. Paying for college is easier if your children make good grades and develop the knowledge and skills that can help them earn scholarships and other types of financial aid widely available. 

There is a place for everyone to attend some type of college, your children included! Here are some things you can do to help your family think ahead about college!

  • Parent with KidsEDIT.jpgThe most important thing that you can do to help children learn as early as a few months old is to read to them! 
  • Check out Helping Your Child Become a Reader (click on “Helping Your Child”) to learn how to create a foundation for learning for children up to age 6. 
  • Talk with your children’s teachers about college, and let them know that you are ready to help your children go to college
  • Make sure that your children and their teachers know that you believe your children are college material! 
  • As you go about your day, talk to your children about what you are doing and what is going on in the world around them. 
  • Count and measure things. Counting is the basis of math and measurements are needed everywhere we go from height, length, width, distance, cooking measurements, etc..
  • Count and measure while you do everyday activities such as grocery shopping, cooking, driving, playing/watching sports or reading. 
  • Make sure that your children are getting enough sleep, appropriate immunizations or shots, dental checkups, hearing and eye tests, and a healthy diet. 
  • Give children a quiet place to study. 
  • Limit time spent watching TV and playing video games. 
  • Help children with their homework. Go over the work to see if it is completed each day. 
  • Praise them for progress, and display their good work. 
  • Avoid making homework or reading a punishment.
  • Talk to teachers frequently, even when things are going well and there are no problems and introduce yourself to the principal.
  • Check your child’s backpack everyday for homework assignments, notes from teachers, etc., then read, sign, and return all documents right away.
  • Become a partner with your child’s school by learning school rules and attending programs and parent meetings whenever you can. This extra effort lets your child and the teachers know how important school is to you.
  • Investigate college savings plans, choose one and start contributing what you can. Read Saving Early=Saving Smart. It explains why it’s never too early to save money for college and how to use such resources as college savings plans and federal student aid.
  • Frequently share your dream of their going to college and discuss how college can help them be who they want to be when they grow up!

You’ll definitely want to visit our Resources page for links to other great college access websites and tools!

Looking for college access programs and services in your hometown? Be sure to visit our Featured Organizations page to find mentoring programs, summer programs, etc. that support your child going to college.

Looking for events across the state that provide encouragement, resources and support to go to college? Be sure to visit our Events page to keep up with what’s going on!

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