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Statewide Child Development Accounts (CDAs) provide assets and encourage saving for postsecondary education through deposits into investment accounts. Several states have adopted CDA policies, some by legislation and others by administrative rule, all using their 529 plans as the financial platform. This Policy Summary is intended to inform states interested in enacting universal, automatic, statewide CDA legislation.

It presents select examples of legislative from state CDA policies in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Illinois, and California. Delivering CDAs at scale—to all newborns in families across the full socioeconomic and geographic (rural and urban) spectrum—and in a financially sustainable way requires a sound policy structure. This publication illustrates essential and now well-established design elements of state CDA legislation to create, facilitate, and inform scalable policy in other states.

Document Type

Policy Report


Financial Inclusion


Asset Building

Original Citation

Clancy, M. M., Sherraden, M., & Beverly, S. G. (2019, November). Child Development Accounts at scale: Sample state legislation (CSD Policy Summary No. 19-46). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.


SEED for Oklahoma Kids


2019 ; 529 college savings plan ; California ; child development accounts (CDA) ; college success ; illinois ; margaret clancy ; Michael Sherraden ; Nebraska ; pennsylvania ; policy ; SEED for Oklahoma Kids (SEED OK) ; Sondra Beverly ; state policy ;