Savings Plan Group Joins College Preparation Project

    ScholarShare, California’s
    529 College Savings Plan, and its program manager Fidelity Investments have
    joined forces with the Early Academic Outreach Program to help fund the Family
    Inclusion Initiative. The initiative consists of a series of workshops and
    activities designed to empower parents to advise students about college
    preparation.

    The pilot program provides culturally relevant, multilingual
    workshops and activities throughout the academic year that educate parents
    about key information about college eligibility, financial aid and the
    admissions process. EAOP’s Family Inclusion Initiative is also a partnership
    between schools, districts and community groups to assist families in boosting
    scholastic achievement.

    California’s
    economy is becoming increasingly more competitive and good jobs increasingly
    require a higher education,” said Bill Lockyer, California
    state treasurer and chair of ScholarShare, in a press release. “That makes
    college all the more important and the Early Academic Outreach Program provides
    California’s youth with a
    tremendous college planning resource. I’m proud to work with my alma mater, the
    University of California,
    to help deliver this vital program to deserving students throughout the state.”

    Parent involvement in children’s education is positively
    related to achievement, and the initiative’s events give parents who have
    little experience dealing with college the information they need to guide their
    children along a college path. EAOP, ScholarShare and Fidelity Investments have
    said that the initiative is a vital strategy for supporting parents in their
    efforts to close achievement gaps in California.

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