The Role of Children’s Savings Accounts in the Economic, Social, and Political Context.

Commonwealth is honored to have been invited to participate in a symposium on the state of research, policy, and programming in the Children’s Savings Account (CSA) field sponsored by The Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) at the University of Kansas’ School of Social Welfare and the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

The goal of the symposium is to bring key field leaders together to take stock of the current knowledge base, frame the most pressing questions to drive future inquiry, and coalesce around strategies to advance CSA policy as a transformative investment in economic mobility. The agenda for the event will include keynote presentations that frame CSAs as tools for critical wealth transfers and as mechanisms of financial inclusion and aids to educational achievement. The estimated 125 participants—researchers, program administrators, educators, policymakers, advocates, and funders—will feature representatives from programs around the country, examine research findings, consider CSAs’ role in the economic and political landscapes, and contemplate implications of different CSA models. The symposium is being held on Nov. 10 -11, 2016 in Kansas City.