Changes are Afoot for Kindergarten To College (K2C) Program
This Big Day of Giving, our United Way is happy to announce an exciting new expansion of our program
For the last few years, UWCCR has been working with Assembly member Kevin McCarty’s office to promote college savings at ten schools in Sacramento. Now, thanks to a brand new grant from the State of California Student Aid Commission called Every Kid Counts, we’ll be able to make college savings even more rewarding for even more families at even more schools in the 2019-2020 school year and beyond!
It has been fun and heartwarming for us to help families start their college savings journey at our five UWCCR K2C schools at the Robla School District. We use K2C funds to put an initial seed deposit in each account, and to provide other incentive deposits for families who save and attend financial learning groups.
A couple of years ago we helped Amanda Self open a K2C account for her son who was starting kindergarten at Bell Avenue Elementary. At the start of this current school year, she was out at the parent orientation event for the dual language immersion program at Glenwood Elementary, where her younger daughter was starting her own kindergarten year.
Amanda was not only excited to open another account for her own child, but also to encourage other parents to do so. Principal David Gutierrez gave a short talk about the program and parents listened attentively. When Amanda spoke up about her own enthusiasm for it and how easy it was to open and add money to the account, her peers perked up even more and lined up to open their accounts with SAFE Credit Union.
“College savings was already on my to-do list, and then this just fell in my lap,” Amanda said. “It’s such a great program.”
This in-development expansion is happening in partnership with the City of Sacramento, which is taking on Assembly member McCarty’s profile of schools with his ongoing support. Our UWCCR Young Leaders Society raises funds for our K2C program as well, helping us boost the Setting High Expectations pillar of our Square One Project.
Watch for more details to come as the next school year approaches!
If you are interested in finding out more about our K2C program please contact Amy.Williamson@uwccr.org or call 916-856-3993.