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Pooler Child Wins College Savings Contribution : Childcare Network Also Wins

Pooler Child Wins College Savings Contribution 
Childcare Network Also Wins

Aiden Hence-Robinson, a five-year-old from Pooler, is now one step closer to achieving his dreams. Hence-Robinson was one of four statewide winners of the We Care Child Care Sweepstakes, and he was awarded $1,529 for his college savings.

“We are firm believers that proper planning prevents poor performance. There is no better time than now to start planning and preparing for our children's future. Winning this sweepstake is a great investment into Aiden's future,” said Adrienne Hence, Aiden’s mom.

This is the sixth year that the Path2College 529 Plan and the Department of Early Care and Learning’s (DECAL) have held the sweepstakes to encourage families to explore the resources that are available to help them plan for higher education costs.

“The sweepstakes stimulates parents and grandparents to focus on saving for college. Prizes give a child a head start on their college savings, and also provide their childcare facility with resources to better serve children,” said Georgia Student Finance Commission President Lynne Riley.

Hence-Robinson’s child care, Childcare Network, received $529 as part of the sweepstakes.

“We are incredibly proud of Aiden for winning the We Care Child Care sweepstakes in the South East Region,” said Sally Hardin, Region Director for Childcare Network. “As an early childhood education company, we work to positively shape our children's early learning and love to see opportunities available—like the Path2College 529 Plan—that help positively impact their future learning. Our mission is to give every child a great start in life, and the $529 we will receive thanks to this program and Aiden will go a long way in supporting our school and the families in our care.”

The We Care Child Care Sweepstakes has awarded nearly $60,000 to children and childcare facilities in the past six years.

“I congratulate the winners of this year’s We Care, Child Care sweepstakes: the families AND the child care providers where the winners are enrolled in care,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “DECAL and the state’s child care programs help prepare children academically and Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission helps prepare families financially to ensure that children’s academic and career dreams can come true.”

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan or to open a college savings account, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks, and costs please see the Plan Description at Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors only available for investing in its own 529 plan. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice. If the funds aren't used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.