College and Career Resources - early Childhood

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of Childhood.” -  Fred Rogers

College and career preparation is a lifetime goal that starts with parents and infants. Houston has great resources to help you begin the path to college.

PBS Education
PBS Education is a great tool for parents to keep track of their child’s development. Help with different developmental and educational skills for children, including: education, fun and games, food and fitness, and issues and advice. They also have information about your child’s favorite PBS KIDS Programs, and online programs for parents.

HeadStart and Early Start  
HeadStart and Early Start promote school readiness. Head Start and Early Start programs are free and promote school readiness of children ages birth to five.

Get Ready to Read!  
Get Ready to Read! Helps prepare students to read before kindergarten. Free Early Learning Resources to prepare your child the year before kindergarten, has screening tools, transitioning to Kindergarten Toolkit, Skill-Building Activities, and Early Learning and Childhood Basics.

Houston Public Libraries
Houston Public Libraries has many resources to help students with academic success. This site offers reading lists, field trips, fun and games, and different events catered to children of all ages.

Early Literacy Stations at Houston Public Library  
Early Literacy Stations at Houston Public Library prepare students in more than just reading. The Early Literacy Station is an educational computer workstation that provides access to information and quality education to children pre-school age through the third grade. It includes more than software packages with age-appropriate materials in reading, math, science and social studies.

Learning Games for Kids
Learning Games for Kids is fun and educational. Free games for children to prepare them for preschool and beyond.

National Institute for Literacy – Shining Stars

These publications show parents how they can help their child to read. Each book has four sections and is divided by age groups beginning with toddlers and finishing with 2nd and 3rd grade.