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Dear Parents and Families in the Save for College Community.

National 529 Day is this Friday. This day represents an opportunity for us to come together to recognize the collective steps that we are taking today, even in these difficult and uncertain times, to build a financial foundation for our children’s educational futures. This week:

  • Join the Save for College Program community on social media to celebrate your child’s dreams for their future and your own educational journey with the hashtags #Together529 and #Juntos529. Check out the next section for instructions and examples!
  • Kindergarten, First and Second grade teachers across our Community School District 30 are sharing virtual financial education lessons. Connect with your child’s teacher for details.
  • Tune in this Thursday, May 28th, at 6pm for a Community Town Hall on How to Balance Long-term College & Career Savings and Immediate Financial Needs. Like NYC Kids RISE on Facebook and YouTube to watch.

Together, we can reinforce to the children across our community that there are many paths they can take and that we are all in this together to support their success. We are grateful to be connected and working together to support students’ journey to success. Keep reading for details about the week’s activities as well as information about financial assistance, food, and more.

With best wishes to you and your family,

Debra-Ellen and the NYC Kids RISE Team

On Instagram, Facebook or Twitter use the hashtags #Together529 #Juntos529 to join the conversation!
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Check out this growing virtual library of community support for our children by searching #Together529 or #Juntos529 on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter

Tune in Thursday at 6pm ET

On the eve of 529 Day, hear from experts about:
  • Early savings options to consider and the benefits for each option,
  • Choosing what best works for your family,
  • Managing savings in times of crisis, and
  • How to use NYC Financial Empowerment Center resources at this time.



Opening Remarks:
  • Lorelei Salas, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner and NYC Kids RISE board member
The featured speakers include:
  • Michael Ippolito, Assistant Vice President – Branch Service Manager, Amalgamated Bank
  • Maria Lopes, Financial Counselor, Urban Upbound
  • Patricia Roberts, Mom, Education Savings Advocate, and 529 Expert
Topics to be covered include:
  • What are things to keep in mind when balancing limited budgets and planning for the future
  • What to keep in mind about long term savings and having time on your side
  • Information on, and answer questions about, families’ options for personal college savings, with a focus on 529 accounts and Amalgamated college savings accounts
  • How can a NYC Financial Empowerment Center be a resource to you at this time
You can watch live and ask questions via the NYC Kids RISE Facebook page. You can also watch via our YouTube channel.


What have you learned about parenting young children during this time that you would want to share with other families? Tell us by emailing us at [email protected] or filling out this quick form. We will share your tips anonymously at Thursday’s event and on social media. Your tip or idea could greatly benefit another family and the broader Save for College Program Community.

In Case You Missed It

Since we launched our series of Community Town Halls, we have presented conversations on navigating remote learning and parenting during this pandemic. In case you missed it, click below to see these events in the respective languages.




For Bangla-speaking families, you can watch the Remote Learning town hall in Bangla by clicking here.

Save for College Program Flashback

529 Day is Friday! Here’s a flashback to the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Community’s 529 Day activities over the years:

NYC Kids RISE Resources

Need support with setting up your child’s remote learning or information about resources in your neighborhood? Our team can help. Call (833) 543-7473 or Email [email protected]

  • First-Come, First-Served – Emergency Cash Support – NYC Kids RISE is distributing $150 cash disaster relief gift cards to families in the Save for College Program. If you are in need of financial support at this time and have not yet received a $150 disaster emergency relief cash gift card from NYC Kids RISE, please fill out the short form as soon as possible to be added to a contingent waitlist for a gift card. Click here and fill out the form provided on this page. Filling out the form does not guarantee a cash disaster relief gift card will be provided to you. If your family is confirmed to receive a card because funding is available, you will be notified by email once a card has been shipped to you.
  • Your child’s accounts – We continue to be available by phone and email to support you with your family’s scholarship and savings accounts. Please contact us for support with completing the 3 Building Blocks or other support with your accounts. We are invested for the long term in your child’s college and career training future.
  • Remote Learning Support – Need support with setting up your child’s remote learning or information about resources in your neighborhood? Our team can help. Call (833) 543-7473 or email [email protected]

Important Resources Across the Community

These are just some of the resources available from schools, community-based organizations, the City and State government, and other local partners. We are keeping an updated list on our blog at


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