“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Houston Arts Access Initiative
The Arts Access Initiative is Houston’s action plan for ensuring equitable arts access for every Houston Independent School District student.
Wraparound Services supports critical issues of students: mental and physical health needs, food insecurity, stable housing, violence, parent incarceration, and things that adversely affect college and career readiness or their ability to learn. They have a Specialist on each campus who provides resources to students and their families.
National Institute for Literacy – Shining Stars
These publications show parents how they can help their child read. Each book has four sections and is divided by age groups beginning with toddlers and finishing with 2nd and 3rd grade.
After school hours are a great time to help students make Houston their classroom and take lessons beyond the classroom walls. Explore some of what Houston has to offer at these places.
The A’STEAM (Afterschool – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/design, and Mathematics) program aims to engage roughly 3,000 elementary school-age children with projects and experiments that bring real-life context to the STEAM disciplines. The activities
will be carried out on a weekly basis throughout the school year at 100+ afterschool centers of the YMCA in neighborhoods across the Greater Houston area.
Houston’s Parks and Recreation Afterschool Enrichment Program
Houston’s Parks and Recreation Afterschool Enrichment Program is at a local park near you. The Houston Parks & Recreation Department offers the After School Enrichment Program free of charge to children between the ages of 6 & 13.
Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE)
Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) has an after-school program near you. Search their map to find after-school programs near you at one of their 13 participating school districts and 39 campuses.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto is a great way for young girls to build character. The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto offer great programs, events, and activities for girls from grades K-12.
Boy Scouts of America: Sam Houston Area Council
Sam Houston Area Council: Boy Scouts of America is a great way for young boys to build character. The Boy Scouts of the Sam Houston Council offers great programs, events, and activities for boys from grades K-12.
CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING:
Career Exploration is always happening with children. Check out these helpful resources to fuel exploration with your child.
Kids.gov – A safe place to learn and play
Kids.gov links kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
Kids Work! is a great way to explore career paths. A virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work.
Kids’ Zone – Learning with NCES
Kids’ Zone – Learning with NCES helps students consider all the steps they need to take to go to college and beyond. The NCES Kids' Zone provides information to help you learn about schools; decide on a college; find a public library; engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about math, probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many interesting facts about education.
NASA shows children the importance of science in everyday life. Has interactive website specifically for K-4 that allows students to play and learn.