Kindergarten to College

Oakland Promise Kindergarten to College (K2C) helps each elementary and middle school student in Oakland think of themselves as a college-bound individual. We provide Early College Scholarship Funds (ECSF) and offer College Savings Accounts (CSAs).

Kindergarten to College (K2C) is the elementary and middle school component of Oakland Promise.

Our goal is for each elementary and middle school student in Oakland to think of themselves as a college-bound individual. Here are the aspects of our program that help make that happen:

Early College Scholarship Fund Eligibility

Starting in the fall of 2016 and onward, every OUSD kindergartener has $100 set aside in the K2C Early College Scholarship Fund.


This money has been set aside by the City of Oakland for your child.

No Action Required Until College

You do not need to sign your child up for the K2C Early College Scholarship Fund. Your child can access the $100 Early College Scholarship when they enroll in postsecondary education.

From the Oakland Community

The City of Oakland wants to support Oakland students to get to and through college.

Click below to see if your student qualifies!

College Savings Account Options

K2C will support your family to open up a savings account for college. K2C partners with two organizations: my529 & Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Your family can choose which option best fits your family's needs.

my529 College Savings Account

Choose this option if:

  • You and your child have a SSN or ITIN.
  • You are currently banked and/or can make contributions by direct deposit, money order, bank transfers, or check. Cash deposits not available.
  • You wish to open an interest-bearing account (investments that grow over time).

Self-Help Federal Credit Union Student Savings Account

Choose this option if:

  • You do not have a SSN or ITIN.
  • You wish to visit a physical bank to make cash or check deposits (SHFCU is located in West Oakland)
  • You wish to open a non-interest bearing account. Interest bearing accounts are available when a tax ID is provided.

K2C Supports Families to Open their Own Savings Account.


K2C First Deposit

K2C deposits the first $50 into your child’s saving account.


K2C Additional Deposit

K2C deposits an additional $50 if you save 6 times in the first year, with a minimum of $1 deposit.


Earn up to $100

You can earn up to $100 in K2C incentives for your child’s savings account!


Our Impact by the Numbers

66 Schools

Implementing K2C

20,000 students

Awarded an early college scholarship since the 2016-2017 school year

611 Savings Accounts for College

Opened by families with the help of K2C

273 Families

Attended financial literacy and academic workshops

56% of K2C Kids

With savings accounts for college would be first in their families to graduate college.

55% of Schools

Participating in K2C rated “Excellent” in building College-Going culture.

Kindergarten to College Partners

K2C partners with different community based organizations to offer students and families financial, academic, and general well-being resources

Interested in Becoming a Partner?

Meet the K2C Team

Rene Galvez

Middle School Manager, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Mario Valadez

Program Associate, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Sophie Netter

Program Associate, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Stephenique Allen

Program Coordinator, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Veena Pawloski

Director, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Vinh Trinh

Future Center/OUSD Liaison

Find Out How To Get Involved

We need mentors, volunteers, donors, champions and partners to help us to create more impact for Oakland’s youth. (Please note that the mentor recruitment season is now closed for the 2021-2022. In the Fall, we will be opening up for Mentoring interests for the 2022 - 2023 season. Thank you for your interest).

Reach out to the K2C Team

Do you have any questions about K2C? Please fill out this form and a member of our team will be in touch.