SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The importance of planning ahead for higher education has never been more apparent than in 2008, with budget shortfalls impacting education, unemployment rates increasing, and once prosperous industries closing across the country. In light of National Education Week, we encourage you to help your own children start thinking about college and their future NOW, regardless of how far off college might seem. Unfortunately, making plans about college and establishing goals are typically left for middle school and high school age students. Research shows that the earlier you introduce . . .