Jefferson Elementary and Southeast Missouri State University want parents to begin looking now at the possibility of sending their child to college.
The first-ever College Night was held Feb. 28 at Jefferson for families of third and fourth graders.
Three representatives from Southeast, including Verona Lambert and Maggie Buhs, of the financial aid department, and Rashaun Henry, of student support services, talked to parents about when to start thinking about college plans.
The representatives told parents now is the time to prepare their children for high school, which will then prepare them for college.
Families were also given information about financial aid options, including grants that do not have to be repaid.
Jefferson's library media specialist Wendy Flynn said the school intends to make College Night an annual event.
"We do not want our students' dreams and potentials lost for lack of information," Flynn wrote in an email to the Southeast Missourian. "It is our hope that by providing this information at an early age, students will better realize the importance of performing well academically, and parents will be better equipped to support and guide their students throughout their educational careers."
The Bank of Missouri provided dinner for the 25 families in attendance.