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Watch the CalKIDS Town Hall — Free Funds for College and Career

Catch up on last week’s town hall on CalKIDS, a new statewide program providing a free kickstart to college and career savings.
 
State Treasurer Fiona Ma and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education co-hosted a town hall on December 5, 2022, to share information about CalKIDS. CalKIDS is a new state program chaired by the State Treasurer that will automatically provide eligible, low-income public school children in grades 1-12 in California with the tools to start saving for college, including an initial seed deposit and possible financial incentives in a college savings account. The State of California created the program to expand access to higher education and encourage families to jump start saving for college and other forms of career training, regardless of household income.

The event was joined by Santa Cruz Community Ventures Executive Director Maria Cadenas, who shared information about a local program, Semillitas, that provides additional free funds to children born in Santa Cruz County.

Learn more about CalKIDS: https://calkids.org/
Learn more about Semillitas: https://www.semillitas.org/