(April 11, 2021)-Saving and financial knowledge are important parts of children’s lives. With my kids, it began by reading stories that introduced money awareness. Curious George Saves His Pennies was a favorite. We counted coins and dropped them into piggy banks. We took advantage of teachable moments in everyday life. While shopping, dining out, or on a road trip, we talked about money concepts like needs vs. wants or how much things cost.
(March 5, 2021) - Many descriptive words come to mind when we think about the past year. One word that has possibly eluded us though, is “lucky”. We haven’t had much luck on our side, have we? The ones who could really use a little luck, are our kids. Between school closures, having to remain “socially distant” from their friends, and life as they know it flipped upside down, it has been a long year for them. We have encouraged them to keep going, continue to work hard, and that circumstances will eventually change. A little luck dealing with this pandemic sure would be nice.
(February 11, 2021) - Celebrating holidays with little ones creates precious memories. Valentine’s Day is popular for little ones, especially giving and receiving beloved school valentines. Due to Covid-19, many of us altered our celebrations and traditions last year. With remote learning still largely in place, Valentine’s Day celebrations will also look different.
(December 30, 2020) - We made it! 2020 is officially over. A year that brought chaos, confusion and unsettled nerves. At last, we start anew. We can start 2021 with a clean slate, a fresh set of eyes and a list of new goals. Many of us will set resolutions or begin doing things that we have put off. Taking the first step is often the most difficult. When it comes to your child’s future education expenses, the first step is saving that first dollar.
(October 31, 2020) - DreamAhead, Washington state’s 529 college investment plan, has been recognized by Morningstar, Inc. as one of the top 529 savings plans in the nation, earning bronze medal status in its recent Morningstar Analyst Ratings.
DreamAhead is one of 35 best-in-class 529 plans, or “medalists”, identified by Morningstar. In their annual assessment, Morningstar measures four key pillars: Process, People, Parent, and Price.
(November 24, 2020) - We are in the home stretch of a wild and chaotic 2020. Soon we will gather for the holidays with family and friends, amid one of the most challenging times of our lives. Although many things look and feel harder this year, shopping for the holidays doesn’t have to be. Try a new gift giving approach this year. Your children or grandchildren will be pursuing higher education before you know it. Consider giving the gift of education. Open a 529 account or add to an existing account with Washington College Savings plans (WA529).
(November 13, 2020) - WA529 Director Luke Minor chatted by phone with Star 101.5 radio personality Kent Phillips.
They talked about the new enrollment year for GET, key differences between GET and DreamAhead, and common misconceptions about 529s.