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Prepping From Kindergarten To College

by Kylie Lacey

District Administration

Article excerpt

College and career plans hatch in kindergarten

It’s never too early to start thinking about college and careers. And that’s why kindergarteners at Kankakee School District in Illinois are already on the right path.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Is kindergarten too early to begin thinking about college? This school district doesn’t think so. Should you be inserting college preparatory thinking into your curriculum?

In a perfect world, all educational activities would be strategically aligned from pre-school throughout a child’s school years. But, not all students will ultimately pursue a higher education degree, nor should they. A combination of both college and career prep, though, as this school system has found can help children remain alert to topics and trends that spark their interest, help identify future career opportunities, and boost learning outcomes. Applied learning has a place in helping to make these early connections.