Starting our work in New England!

Monday, December 8, 2014

This month, AEDI will be in Boston, working with the Boston Fed on Children’s Savings Account policy. Our time in New England will include individual meetings with policymakers and other stakeholders around the region, as well as convenings regionally and nationally, including a conversation on CSA delivery systems AEDI is cohosting with the Boston Fed on Friday of this week. AEDI Founding Director Willie Elliott is a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston this year. This collaboration is already proving to be of significant mutual benefit, and we are eager to see what can come from bringing together colleagues committed to improving children’s lives through the instrument of CSAs. While in New England, we will have the chance to present about our understanding of how CSAs work, through the mechanisms of asset accumulation and account ownership, and we will help policymakers working on CSAs to articulate the expected outcomes by which these efforts will be assessed. We will travel to Rhode Island as they roll out important changes to their CollegeBoundBaby CSA initiative. We will also consult with academics working on broader higher education issues, as well as with advocates and practitioners eager to leverage the momentum in the New England states for national policy impact. As part of this work, we will also produce a policy paper and some other deliverables, and we are actively compiling all of the information we can find about higher education, political dynamics, and financial policies in this region. If you have resources we should investigate or colleagues with whom we should connect in this part of the country, we would love to hear about them! We will be tweeting pictures and updates from New England all week, and we look forward to sharing some of our reflections when we return. And, yes, we’re bundling up!

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