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Build a college-going culture at home

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When we build a college-going culture at home for our children, they receive positive and consistent messages about the importance of their goals and academic achievement.  Our conversations with our children need to revolve around where and how—not if —they are going to continue their education after high school.  Beginning at an early age, we can begin to talk to our children about their goals, educational options, and career opportunities in concrete and positive ways they can understand.  For example, going to the doctor can become an opportunity to talk to your child about what a doctor does in his/her job, as well as how many years of school people need to become doctors.

We can also expose children to a variety of learning opportunities by taking them to visit college campuses, attending collegiate athletic events, and exploring local museums.  A trip to the beach can be a chance for children to explore nature and ask questions about science. Even a trip to an amusement park can be made educational when you try to figure out how the games and rides work.

How can I continue my own education?

We also can give our children a powerful message about the importance of college by continuing our own education.   There are many positive reasons to continue our education  no matter what stage of life we may be in, and fortunately there are many options available, even for adults who are working full-time.  Whether or not we have attended school in the United States, there are many resources to help us pursue a degree, obtain a certificate for a specific career, or simply take a course for our own personal enhancement and enjoyment.  Just remember, we are our children’s primary role models.  By choosing to go back to school, we must hold ourselves to the same high standards and expectations we have for our children – so get ready to work hard and get straight A’s!

In the section below, parents and family members will find many resources to help them talk with their students about goals, high expectations and academic achievement.   There are also some recommended fun activities to do at home with the whole family. Finally, there is a listing of websites that can help support our desire to continue our own education.



Parents and the Home

California Teachers Association; 1999-2009

Tools to help parents engage in the education of their children.

Parents Guide to College - Financial Aid & Scholarships

College Board; 2009

Financial Aid and Scholarship information for parents to help finance higher education for their children and themselves.

Smoothing Your Child's Transition to Middle School

Great School Inc.; 1998-2009

A resource to assist parents in transitioning their elementary student into middle school.

Transitioning to High School

National Middle School Association; 2005

A resource guide to help middle school students transition into high school.

Helping Your Child Make The Transition From High School to college

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; 2004-2008

Helpful information for parents to assist their children in their transition to college.

Transition to College

NYU Child Study Center

Information and resources for parents and students going through the separation and change of transitioning to college.

California Community Colleges

California Community Colleges System Office; 2008

The California Community Colleges are a wonderful resource for anyone who is looking to continue or enhance their education.

Community College: A Positive Pathway

Yvette Flores, UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships, 2009

A presentation which outlines the ways the community college can help support you continue your educational and professional goals. Community_College_A_Positive_Pathway.ppt (288.26KB)

Introduction to GED Test-takers

American Council on Education; 2009

Resources for parents who want to continue their education and need to start by taking the GED.


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Last modified on 7/21/2013

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