CalKIDS is a program that helps children in California get access to higher education, especially those from traditionally underserved communities. Enrollment in CalKIDS is automatic. Eligible beneficiaries are identified by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education. No action or financial commitment is required of families to participate. Eligible children include:
Please note: CalKIDS receives information on newborns approximately 90 days after birth is registered with California Department of Public Health.
All California newborns born on or after July 1, 2022, regardless of parental income, are eligible for the program.
The initial deposit going to babies born after July 1, 2023 is now $100 thanks to increased funding from the state.
Babies born between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 have been or will be awarded $25 as an initial deposit.
The following financial incentives will be available for all newborn participants, as applicable*
- $25 deposit in your CalKIDS account when you register on the Program online portal.
Register to access your CalKIDS account
- $50 deposit in your CalKIDS account when you link a new or your existing ScholarShare 529 college savings account to your CalKIDS account. With your ScholarShare 529 account, your family and friends can help contribute to your baby’s savings through gifting. Making a gift contribution to a child’s college education is easy and there are so many perfect opportunities to give: at birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other important occasions. Watch both your CalKIDS and ScholarShare529 accounts grow in one convenient location.
Link your accounts
Please allow up to 30 days for supplemental deposits to be applied to your account after registering or linking a new or existing ScholarShare 529 account.