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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 a family-owned college savings account.

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Activate & View Scholarship

View your Oakland Promise Scholarship account

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Open

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

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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 graduate 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.

Program Highlights of Events and Workshops

  • 2021-2022: Family Learning Group #1 (K-5th Grade Families): Launch your child’s future with K2C!

  • Congratulations Kindergarten Class of 2021!

  • K2C FLG #9: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) Resources!

  • K2C FLG #7: March Mathness!

  • 2021-2022: Future Leader Explorations #1 (For K-5th Graders)

  • K2C FLG#4: OUSD Student Panel and Pathway Experience

  • K2C FLG #6: For the Love of Literacy!

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

Christie Chu

Program Associate, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Donte Rodgers

Program Associate, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

Luis Galvan

Program Associate, Kindergarten to College (K2C)

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

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 open for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. You can make a difference in a young person's life!

Testimonials

“During distance learning caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the partnership with K2C was invaluable. K2C partnered with us by creating incentives to improve academic engagement for our 5th graders and Kindergarteners. The presence of K2C was felt throughout our school community through the Innovation Grant and school supplies.”

Principal

from Lincoln Elementary

“I’m going to be honest, I think you guys did an excellent job. Everyone had to move everything to distance learning. Especially the college week, I loved the ceremony. I logged onto the 6:30 one and there was one boy super into it ... I thought you guys did an excellent job and it was well thought out. You gave the families many opportunities to join in different events this year as well.”

Tina Linarez

at Carl Munck

“The K2C program and early college scholarships do so much to help build a strong college and career culture at our school! Not only does the program provide workshops for students and families but the city-funded early college scholarships have allowed families to begin having conversations at home around college and bring our students one step closer to achieving their future goals.”

Community Schools Manager

at Bella Vista

Video Testimonial

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.