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CSAs as Part of a Comprehensive Child Development Strategy

CSAs as Part of a Comprehensive Child Development Strategy

Since the CSA field is still relatively young and rapidly growing, we have a golden opportunity to explore design options that put CSAs squarely into a suite of interventions that help children develop into successful adults.

By: Shira Markoff
03/27/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

1:1 Fund Partners with Gift of College to Encourage Nevada Parents to Save

1:1 Fund Partners with Gift of College to Encourage Nevada Parents to Save

The 1:1 Fund has joined in an innovative public-private partnership with Gift of College and the Nevada State Treasurer's Office to encourage low-income Nevada parents to open 529 plans.

By: Diego Quezada
03/13/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

Innovative Partnership Will Encourage Nevada Parents  to Open 529 College Savings Accounts

Innovative Partnership Will Encourage Nevada Parents to Open 529 College Savings Accounts

The Nevada Treasurer’s Office, Gift of College and the 1:1 Fund today announced a new marketing partnership to encourage more Nevada parents to open a personal 529 account and link it with their child’s Nevada College Kick Start account.


03/02/2017

Press Releases News

Cities Are a Hub of CSA Activity and Innovation

Cities Are a Hub of CSA Activity and Innovation

City leaders are increasingly pushing for CSAs as a strategy to promote higher education and economic development within their communities.

By: Kamolika Das
02/21/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

CSAs and ESAs Are More Different Than the Words Suggest

CSAs and ESAs Are More Different Than the Words Suggest

The growth of ESAs poses a challenge for the Children’s Savings Account (CSA) field. Though the names sound very similar, the goals are completely different.

By: Monica Copeland
02/13/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

How Executive Action Can Help Expand Children’s Savings Programs

How Executive Action Can Help Expand Children’s Savings Programs

While some CSA programs have developed workarounds, for other would-be programs, the challenge of finding a financial services provider willing to work with them to create an appropriate savings vehicle is too big to overcome.

By: Shira Markoff
01/27/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

Well-Designed CSAs Have the Potential to Help Decrease the Racial Wealth Divide

Well-Designed CSAs Have the Potential to Help Decrease the Racial Wealth Divide

Children’s savings account policymakers should simultaneously address persistent, deep-seated racial wealth disparities in the United States through targeted policy design.

By: Diego Quezada
01/13/2017

Children's Savings Accounts

1:1 Fund Partners Raise Nearly $127,000 for CSAs on #GivingTuesday

1:1 Fund Partners Raise Nearly $127,000 for CSAs on #GivingTuesday

Seven 1:1 Fund partners participated in #GivingTuesday this year, raising nearly $70,000 for their Children’s Savings programs.

By: Diego Quezada
12/23/2016

Children's Savings Accounts

Gift Cards Present New Potential for Children's Savings

Gift Cards Present New Potential for Children's Savings

The presence of 529 gift cards at toy retail stories may be doing some good to help raise awareness for parents of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

By: Diego Quezada
12/06/2016

Children's Savings Accounts

Seeing Gap in Low-Income Family Educational Attainment, El Monte Promise Foundation Steps In

Seeing Gap in Low-Income Family Educational Attainment, El Monte Promise Foundation Steps In

Tomorrow, one of CFED’s 1:1 Fund partners, El Monte Promise Foundation, will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day to kick off the giving season. Here is a blog which highlights the great work El Monte is doing to help children achieve their college dreams.

By: Delaney Luna, Graduate Intern and Francisco Arroyo, Guest Contributor
11/28/2016

Children's Savings Accounts

Exploring Best Practices for Integrating Technology into CSA Program Design

Exploring Best Practices for Integrating Technology into CSA Program Design

Like many other Children’s Savings Account programs around the country, Inversant is interested in exploring how technology can offer cost-effective solutions to expanding program reach while increasing participation and engagement from participants.

By: Bahar Akman, Guest Contributor
11/18/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Data and Research

The State of the Children’s Savings Field: A Look Behind the Numbers

The State of the Children’s Savings Field: A Look Behind the Numbers

Our recent report, "A Growing Movement: The State of the Children’s Savings Field 2016," offers a snapshot of the growing field of CSAs. However, for my fellow data wonks and CSA aficionados, this blog offers a deeper dive into the survey results.

By: Shira Markoff
11/07/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Data and Research

CSAs and College Scholarships: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

CSAs and College Scholarships: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

CSA savers need a “promise” or scholarship in addition to the modest savings CSAs provide to help cover the cost of college attendance.

By: Carl Rist
10/27/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Matched Savings

Nearly $250,000 Raised in September to Help Low-Income Children Save for College

Nearly $250,000 Raised in September to Help Low-Income Children Save for College

On September 17 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, CFED’s Children’s Savings team joined CFED Board member Jamie Kalamarides at Prudential’s second annual 4.01k Race for Retirement.

By: Diego Quezada and Monica Copeland
10/06/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Financial Capability

Four Reasons Why Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are Not Children’s Saving Accounts (CSAs)

Four Reasons Why Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are Not Children’s Saving Accounts (CSAs)

As the children’s savings movement continues to grow and attract attention from policymakers in cities and states across the country, a new trend – related in name only – has also begun to gain some traction at the state level.

By: Carl Rist
09/23/2016

Children's Savings Accounts

Research Highlights from CSA Programs in Indiana and New Mexico

Research Highlights from CSA Programs in Indiana and New Mexico

Just as surely as the fact that low-income families can, will, and do save, we can be equally sure they only save relatively small amounts when compared to more affluent families.

By: William Elliott III
09/19/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Matched Savings

The Work Continues: Building Support for CSA Programs in Michigan

The Work Continues: Building Support for CSA Programs in Michigan

In early August, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) invited CFED staff to Michigan to present a full-day, intensive training on developing Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs.

By: Megan Kursik, Guest Contributor
09/06/2016

Children's Savings Accounts Innovation

Meeting (Potential Donors) Where They Are: Online

Meeting (Potential Donors) Where They Are: Online

The 1:1 Fund has made the move to a new online crowdfunding platform.

By: Delaney Luna, Graduate Intern
08/29/2016

Children's Savings Accounts

Massachusetts CSA Advocates Turn the Tide in Their Favor

Massachusetts CSA Advocates Turn the Tide in Their Favor

Massachusetts is enacting a policy to increase economic opportunity for marginalized people.

By: Diego Quezada
08/19/2016

Children’s Savings Accounts State Policy

Children's College Savings Program Kicks Off in East Durham

Durham Kids Save at Y.E. Smith is a new initiative that helps East Durham kids and their families put away coins for college.


08/19/2016

News Press Releases 1:1 Friends

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