Assets and Savings

Savings and assets — like an emergency fund, college fund and homeownership — offer families financial stability and the capacity to turn their children’s dreams into plans.

These resources function as a security blanket of the family’s own design. Without them, everyday challenges can quickly snowball into a crisis with permanent consequences, such as a lost job or impossibly large debts. Kids with a savings account in their name also behave differently — they are substantially more likely to go to college compared to their non-saving peers, according to research.