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Publicly-supported Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs have launched in states and communities ranging from St. Louis to San Francisco and Nevada to Rhode Island. Here you’ll find policy briefs and recommendations from a range of organizations on how to implement CSA programs at the local, state and federal levels, along with advocacy tools and sample legislation.
Issue brief on the value of CSAs, with a focus on a potential retail model. (The Aspen Institute)
Issue brief on the value of CSAs, with a focus on the UK's Child Trust Fund program. (The Aspen Institute)
A summary of key policy considerations and challenges, along with specific strategies, to make 529 college savings plans more accessible to families of all income levels. (Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis)
A discussion of Canada's children's savings program and an analysis of the implications for CSA policy in the United States. (Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion, University of Kansas)
A brief on the development of CSA policy in six New England states as part of a regional strategy facilitated by the New England CSA Consortium. (Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion, University of Kansas)
A fact file that makes the case for the connection between college savings, college aspirations and college success. (CFED)
A fact file that makes the case for the relationship between saving and school performance and social mobility. (CFED)
A summary of the most compelling research findings illustrating the impact of CSAs in an brief fact file for policymakers. (CFED)
A review of the research foundations for CSAs, which describes the proliferation of recent policy efforts and considers key policy design questions relevant for federal policy. (New America)
A policy guide including sample legislation and state policy strategies for children's savings programs informed by existing policies. (Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis)
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is the leading source for data on household financial security and policy solutions, including information on states' education and college savings policies. (CFED)
The Local Data Center provides local-level household financial security data, including estimates of household wealth and financial access for thousands of cities and counties in the United States, which can be used to help demonstrate the need for CSAs in an area. (CFED)
This tool walks you through the process of crafting a powerful message to convince individuals or organizations to support your CSA program. (CFED)
Text of proposed 2015 USAccounts bill, introduced in Congress, which would create a national, universal, at-birth CSA program.
Text of the 2015 legislation creating the Vermont CSA program, a universal, at birth, statewide CSA program.
Text of proposed 2016 bill to create a universal, at birth, statewide CSA program in Washington state.