Head Start views school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life. You may think that career education begins in high school. At Head Start, we begin early to help children explore interests and become excited about learning. With excitement comes engagement. Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences.
Through a partnership with USU Eastern, children enrolled at the Price Head Start center have had the opportunity to learn about jobs and careers in fun and interactive ways. Andrea Erickson, a teacher at the Price Head Start center, initiated the partnership at the beginning of the school year.
“We are so grateful to the coaches, basketball and baseball players and several different professors and students who are donating their time,” said said. “Eventually, we would like to involve all of the departments at the college.”
Her hope is to not only engage the children, but to assist parents in learning more about the opportunities for higher education. As parents participate in the activities, they are able to interact with personnel from the college and ask questions about potential career paths.