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Charter School Resource Hub

This page contains resources and information about the Save for College Program that is specific to charter schools. It is only intended for participating charter school partners, and is meant to supplement the information on the School Partners page.

Professional Learning: Recorded Training Modules

Below you will find pre-recorded training modules about various aspects of the Save for College Program. For more information about upcoming live Professional Learning sessions, please visit the School Partners page.

Fall 2022: Save for College Program Basics and Implementing the Fall Education Period

These modules provide important guidance for schools as they continue to adapt and implement the Save for College Program this fall. In the “Save for College Program Basics,” you will receive an overview of the Program fundamentals, as well as what it provides and why it is beneficial. Details of how the Program is implemented and the role of schools are also covered. The “Implementing the Fall Education Period” module outlines goals and activities of the Fall Education Period, along with the tools and resources available to school staff for implementation.

In both modules, the Fall Planning Worksheet is referenced. This worksheet is intended to be a tool for School Liaisons, along with their School Leader/Principal and other staff members, as they implement the Save for College Program. Click here to download a copy of the worksheet.

Module 1: Save for College Program Basics

Module 2: Save for College Program Basics

How to Use the Save for College Program Report

The Save for College Program Report is a useful tool that enables schools to identify which of their students’ families have activated and viewed their children’s NYC Scholarship Accounts (Building Block 1), in addition to the amount for your Money Tree Posters. This recorded module provides a detailed overview of how to utilize the report in your efforts to support families. Please note that the report access is limited to designated School Liaisons. 

How to Use the Save for College Program Report

Save For College Program Curriculum Extensions Guide for Kindergarten Teachers

The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program Curriculum Extensions Guide for kindergarten is an exciting and interactive exploration of concepts designed to develop a sense of financial literacy for kindergarten students.  This recorded professional learning module is intended for kindergarten teachers who will be incorporating  the financial literacy curriculum extensions into their curriculum.

In this module, you will learn about the Save for College Program while also exploring the curriculum extensions at the unit level and doing a deeper dive into a specific lesson and assessment. Participants will be guided to imagine how to adapt the curriculum for different scenarios. Be sure to download the Kindergarten Training Participant Notes document to capture your notes and reflections during the training, and fill out the brief feedback form after the session! For access to the associated NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program Kindergarten Curriculum Extension Guide document, please reach out to your school’s Save for College Program Liaison.

Watch the Webinar (19 minutes)

Save for College Program Kindergarten Training Participant Notes- Charter Schools

Feedback Form

Opt-out Process (Beginning November 1, 2022)

Kindergarten and any new first grade students who enrolled in a participating school after April 7, 2022 will be automatically enrolled in the Save for College Program unless their parents/guardians choose to “opt out.”

Parents/guardians may opt out of the program by completing and returning an Opt-out Notice and Form to their child’s school for data entry into ATS within a defined 30-day period. If a family opts out, they will not receive an NYC Scholarship Account, they will not receive the initial $100 allocation, and their student’s data will not be shared with NYC Kids RISE and the technology vendor VistaShare. Parents/guardians who want to participate in the Program simply take NO ACTION during the Opt-out Process.

Below are the guidelines for the Fall Opt-out Process, which takes place November 1-30th, 2022, as well as the Rolling Opt-out Process, which applies to students who enroll after November 1, 2022.

Fall Opt-Out Process (November 1st – November 30, 2022)

  • School staff should distribute the Charter School Opt-out Notice and Form to all kindergarten and new first grade families who enrolled after April 7, 2022 no later than November 1 (If you are a newly participating charter school for the 2022-23 school year, please also distribute this form to all first graders)
  • The Charter School Opt-out Notice + Form is available on the link below in all DOE-supported languages.
  • Personalized forms can also be printed directly from ATS starting on 11/2/2022 for each eligible student.
  • Parents/guardians of kindergarten and new first grade students enrolled in a participating school by November 1st have until November 30th to return the form if they DO NOT wish to participate in the Program.
  • Paper forms returned to the school must be logged into ATS by 5pm on 11/30/2022 and stored in student files.

Rolling Opt-Out Process (For students who enroll after November 1, 2022)

  • Kindergarten and first grade students who enroll in a participating NYC charter school after November 1, 2022 will still have the opportunity to participate in, or opt out of, the Program.
  • Starting November 2nd, personalized Opt-out Notice and Forms will automatically print at your school, via ATS, as new students become eligible for the Program during the 2022–23 school year; please ensure families of new students receive these letters.

Guidance on Using ATS for the Opt-Out Process

The DOE ATS Wiki contains detailed instructions on printing personalized opt out letters and guidance for logging opt-out requests.

Participation Status Change
(Cancellation and Re-enrollment)

After a student’s Opt-out Period ends, parent and guardians can choose to cancel their student’s participation in the Save for College Program at any time. Also, if a parent or guardians initially opted out, or at some point canceled their student’s participation in the Program, they can request to enroll (or re-enroll) an eligible student in the Program at any time before the end of their fifth-grade year.

Parents and guardians can update their child’s participation status (Cancel or Enroll/Re-enroll) by filling out a Participation Status Change Form and turning it into their school for data entry and storage in the student’s cumulative folder. The Participation Status Change Form can be found below in the 10 DOE languages.

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