From the Field

When College is a Child's Favorite Trip

Wabash County Promise, part of the Promise Indiana program, strives to create a college-going culture for county residents. Every year, Wabash County Promise hosts the event "Walk into my Future," a field trip to Manchester University for all kindergarten through third grade students in the county. Read more.

More than 3,000 children receive CSAs through NYC Kids RISE

More than one year after New York City's pilot CSA program launched, 3,120 families have accounts. The pilot gave a $100-seeded 529 account to all kindergarten students in School District 30 in Queens. Twelve percent of families added their own money into the account in the first three months of the program, a figure that city officials called encouraging.

Upper Midwest CSA Consortium Meets in Detroit

More than 50 CSA practitioners from the Midwest region traveled to Detroit on September 19-20 for the Upper Midwest CSA Consortium meeting. The event explored research and evaluation metrics for CSA programs, as well as innovations to increase the accessibility of CSAs for low-income families, such as grocery store rewards cards that deposit a percentage of purchases into a family’s CSA.

Conference Explores CSA Research Priorities

More than 70 practitioners and researchers met in Boston on October 15-16 for the Working Conference on CSA Research, which was hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and sponsored by Prosperity Now, Inversant and the Massachusetts' Treasurer's Office. Through panel sessions and small group discussions, conference participants sought to identify and prioritize research questions to advance CSA programs and policies, as well as plan for moving these research priorities forward.

New Resources on CSA Research

Prosperity Now and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University have created a unique resource for the CSA field, Quick Guide to CSA Research: An Overview of Evidence on Children's Savings Accounts. The guide summarizes current research CSAs' effects and outcomes, offering a quick reference to the types of research backing each finding.

To increase awareness of current research projects and collaboration among the CSA field, Prosperity Now also developed Current and Planned Research on Children's Savings Accounts, which provides an overview of research studies about CSAs that are currently underway or in planning.

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