Over the next few weeks, CFRP is presenting preliminary findings from the program evaluation of an innovative asset-building program in the state of Texas, the Child Support for College (CS4C) initiative. The pilot year of the CS4C program just wrapped up, and now there are two opportunities to learn about the program and lessons learned from the evaluation, as well participate in the larger asset-building discussion.
Dr. Cynthia Osborne, with staff researchers Laura Bellows and Daniel Dillon, is presenting at a special forum on October 25, 2013, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The forum, Seeding the College Dream: Results from the Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative, will include an informative overview of CS4C, initial findings and conclusions, and a discussion of a panel of experts. Click for more info about the forum.
Dr. Osborne is also participating in an upcoming webinar, Supporting Children’s Futures: Turning Child Support into College Saving, hosted by the national asset-building organization, CFED, on November 12, 2013. Dr. Osborne will be sharing the results of the evaluation of CS4C and how lessons learned in Texas could be applied to efforts in other states.
CFRP's full evaluation report will be available in December 2013.
Child Support for College (CS4C) is a unique pilot program administered by RAISE Texas that works with the families who are a part of the 1.4 million case Texas child support system. Many of these families have low levels of income and wealth and therefore have difficulties saving for their child’s education. For some of these families, child support contributions from the noncustodial to the custodial parent may provide the necessary infusion of resources to seed and support college savings. CS4C addresses this opportunity by promoting parent savings for their child(ren)'s future college education and providing access to financial coaches.