Education

College and Career Resources - Elementary School

“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!

COLLEGE PREPARATION:

It is never too early to start helping your child prepare for college. Houston has great resources to help you get started down the path to college.

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.

Houston Public Libraries  
Houston Public Libraries has many resources to help students with academic success. This site offers free online tutoring, reading lists, fun and games, internet safety tips, event information, and computer classes for students.

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.

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!
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  
NASA shows children the importance of science in everyday life. Has interactive website specifically for K-4 that allows students to play and learn.

AFTER SCHOOL:
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.

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.