Child Development Accounts (CDAs)—also called
Child Savings Accounts (CSAs)—provide assets and
encourage saving and asset building for children.
(See the accompanying document, The Case for a
Nationwide Child Development Account Policy.)
An efficient, trusted, and sustainable system for
delivering CDAs is already being implemented in
some states. A nationwide policy would require
federal funding and changes in policy and practice
to deliver CDAs for all children with a seed deposit
as early as birth.
Research shows that CDAs have positive effects
on asset building and healthy child and family
development, with greater effects for people of
color and low-income households. Asset building
over time is the key to these results. Positive effects
for children and families occur even before the
money is spent for education.
Investing in children is fundamental for families,
communities, and the U.S. economy. Child
Development Accounts (CDAs), also called
Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), offer a proven
and efficient model for investing in all children.