It is never too early and it is never too late to start thinking about college. Nevertheless, early is always better.
What are you and your child doing to prepare for college?
THE EARLY YEARS
Begin college preparation in kindergarten, young students are receptive to thinking about college. Spend the early years exploring study methods, reading and experiencing life, find opportunities that increase curiosity and open the mind to creative and organized thought processes. Foster goal oriented thinking and time management skills in the child, so in the future they will have the tools to keep themselves on task.
Young students are especially successful at learning languages and music, even a child as young as four or five can start taking piano or keyboard lessons. If you have the means to expose them to a second language through travel or tutoring, give it a try, children can pick up second languages much faster than adults.
Of course, it is never too early to open a college savings account.
By junior high, students should have a solid understanding of mathematics and be able to compose logical, grammatically correct essays.