1st base: Preschool and College Savings Accounts

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1st base begins when a parent enrolls their child in a Home Run certified high quality preschool. Parents will be able to easily identify Home Run certified preschools which have programming that meets or exceeds Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) educational standards. Kindergartners enrolled in the Washington Unified School District who attended a Home Run certified preschool will receive a $50 seed deposit in a college savings account which will launch in the Fall of 2018.

Families can choose from local Home Run certified high quality preschools, which have programming that meets key educational standards. Then, kindergarteners enrolled in the Washington Unified School District who have attended one of the certified high quality early learning preschools will receive a $50 seed deposit in their new city-sponsored college savings account.

The City's universal preschool program, UP4WS, connects families to high quality early learning opportunities through a variety of preschool providers throughout the city who meet quality standards. Preschool providers who participate in UP4WS include: family child care, state preschool, city run preschools, and private preschool and child care centers. Through these strong partnerships, the Early Learning Services Division of the Parks and Recreation Department serves over 600 children yearly, and helps to elevate industry standards including learning environments for children, ongoing professional development and mentoring for teachers, social emotional development and support, and resources for families.

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The City of West Sacramento will contract with an as yet unnamed financial firm to open college savings account for each West Sacramento child entering kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District who has enrolled in a Home Run certified high quality early learning program, with $50 seed money provided by the City, and allow for the potential leverage of future family contributions with incentive match contributions by other entities. It is the City’s goal to build upon the initial deposit so that every West Sacramento student has sufficient resources to pursue their post secondary education goals.

Families can choose from local Home Run certified high quality preschools, which have programming that meets key educational standards. Then, kindergarteners enrolled in the Washington Unified School District who have attended one of the certified high quality early learning preschools will receive a $50 seed deposit in their new city-sponsored college savings account.