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 an Oakland Promise Scholarship, offer incentives to open a family-owned College Savings Account (CSA) and implement college & career programming.

Start Saving for College Now!

All families with K-5th grade students: Activate your account now!

Starting in the fall of 2016 and onward, every Oakland public school Kindergartner has $100 set aside in their Oakland Promise Scholarship account. You also have the option to open and/or connect a family-owned college savings account.


Activate & View Scholarship

View your Oakland Promise Scholarship account



Earn another $75 through a family-owned college savings account


Make a Deposit

Into your personal college savings account

The first $100 earned in Kindergarten stays with the family even if they move out of Oakland. Students earn additional scholarship amounts at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 12 grade if they gradate from an Oakland public high school and enroll into post-secondary.

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:

College Savings Account Options - Earn $75 for free!

K2C will support your family to open up a savings account for college and earn a one-time $75 when you open the account. 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.

Our Impact by the Numbers

60 Schools

Implementing K2C

25,000 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

800+ 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)

Sophie Netter

Coordinator, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Stephenique Allen

Manager, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Veena Pawloski

Director, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Vinh Trinh

Future Center/OUSD Liaison

K2C in Middle Schools

As of now, we provide student supports at Greenleaf Elementary, La Escuelita and Parker Elementary.

At these school sites, we work with students to create an understanding of A-G requirements, High School Readiness Indicators, and high school & post-secondary preparedness.

Students and families receive direct support in the form of workshops and small group settings that track the progress of the students.

Our K2C middle school staff work closely with teachers and academic counselors to present High School options and Academies to 8th grade students so that they can make the best and most informed decision as to which high school to attend.

Greenleaf Elementary

La Escuelita

Parker Elementary

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.