April is Month of the Young Child: Thanks for All You Do!
April is the Month of the Young Child! Treasury applauds its partners for your encouragement and assistance offered to Pennsylvania`s children, including the many ways in which you support them through our Keystone Scholars, PA Savings Pledge, and PA 529 College and Career Savings Program plans.
Since inception of the Keystone Scholars program, Treasury has funded more than 250,000 Keystone Scholars accounts, and together we have shared the good news! Those quarter of a million children will know that quality education and a solid start to a prosperous future are within their reach. The most meaningful gift we can give children is the power to truly improve their lives. Thank you for your support.
Keystone Scholars 2020 Annual Report Available Online
The Keystone Scholars Annual Report to the General Assembly highlights our accomplishments, outreach, and new developments from last year.
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Thanks to philanthropic donors, Treasury is providing for a limited time the Bright Future Booster. The new program automatically deposits an additional $50 to Pennsylvania babies born from January 2021 through June 2021 to mothers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The $50 is in addition to the $100 Keystone Scholars starter deposit.
You can help by sharing information on the Bright Future Booster and Keystone Scholars. Download our short video to share on websites, with frontline staff, or in waiting areas.
In partnership with Fund My Future, a Pittsburgh-based program, Treasury offers the PA Savings Pledge to help Pennsylvania families start saving for post-secondary education. Fund My Future conducts monthly raffles that make the saving experience fun and rewarding. Adults can take the Savings Pledge to become eligible for monthly prizes of up to $1,000.
Read about the newest $1,000 winner. Prepare to be inspired!
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It`s a Great Time to Have Parents, Grandparents, Employees, and Everyone Join a Free Treasury Webinar: Please Promote
Partners can help share information on Treasury`s savings programs by promoting one of its free webinars for parents, employees, grandparents, etc. Please share the information below on our upcoming May 18 webinar!
Keystone Scholars provides Pennsylvania babies with a $100 investment that can help jump start families` savings for future higher education.
The Bright Future Booster provides an additional one-time $50 deposit to Keystone Scholars babies whose parent(s) are WIC participants and who give birth between January 1 and June 30, 2021.
The PA Savings Pledge offers PA residents incentives to save for a child aged 0-18. Take the pledge to save and you`ll be entered in monthly drawings with more than $5,000 in prizes up for grabs.
The PA 529 College and Career Savings Program helps thousands of Pennsylvania families save for a child`s future education while providing great tax benefits. PA 529 plans may be used at most colleges and universities, many technical, career and vocational schools and even for K-12 tuition.
Click on the date below to register to join a free Treasury webinar to learn about how to participate and benefit from these programs.
Stacy Garrity was sworn in as the Commonwealth`s 78th Treasurer in January and has been hard at work since. Read More.
You can follow Treasurer Garrity on Twitter at @PATreasurer.
The PA 529 College and Career Savings Program Investment Plan (IP) received a rare Morningstar Silver Rating as part of a review of the Top 529 College Savings Plans of 2020. Nationwide, only 14 plans are rated as Silver or Gold.
For more information, including information on helping employers set up an automatic payroll deduction benefit, connect with a customer service representative at 800-440-4000 or email us at PA529@patreasury.gov.
Partners and Their Great Work!
We appreciate Treasury`s partners who help families get started saving for the future using Treasury`s savings programs. Here are a few examples.
Carnegie Library and the Western PA Diaper Bank teamed up to offer Keystone Scholars and PA Savings Pledge information during a drive-in diaper bank pick-up for 400 families in Allegheny County. J. Lewis Crozer Library in Chester PA distributed Keystone Scholars/PA 529 materials in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten book bags. Knox Public Library hosted its first family webinar on Treasury`s savings programs.
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors offered a statewide webinar for township officials on Treasury`s savings programs, and also did a feature in its statewide magazine.
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Einstein Health System hosted training for front-line staff on offering Keystone Scholars information to expectant moms and their families. Both are also distributing Treasury materials.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania ran a full-length feature in its magazine on Treasury`s savings programs.
CrossState Credit Union Association hosted several webinars for members and recently ran an article in its quarterly publication on the benefits of Treasury`s savings programs.
PA Kiwanis Western Region hosted an informational session on how to share information on the PA Savings Pledge and Keystone Scholars. The Kiwanis Pennsylvania District recently hosted the Treasury team at its board meeting and spring conference.
Share your stories on ways you are working to spread the message of saving early!
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