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Educator Resources

Invest in ME Kindergarten is brought to you by the Alfond Scholarship Foundation and the Finance Authority of Maine to raise awareness among Maine families of kindergarten students about the Alfond Grant and about NextGen 529.


The Alfond Scholarship Foundation has invested a $500 Alfond Grant for every baby born a Maine resident since January 1, 2013¹. The Alfond Grant is a grant for education beyond high school. The $500 Alfond Grant is a legacy gift from late philanthropist Harold Alfond to benefit future generations of Maine children. Many Maine children entering kindergarten this fall have been awarded the Alfond Grant.


Parents or family members can also invest in a child’s future by opening a NextGen 529™ account and making contributions. NextGen is Maine’s Section 529 plan, which many families use to save for higher education expenses. The Finance Authority of Maine offers matching grants for Maine residents including grants awarded for opening a NextGen 529 account, making contributions and automating contributions.²

Tools to Share with Families

"When I grow up I want to be” Student Activity

Fun coloring activity sheet to get kids thinking about a future career.

“Save, Share, Spend" Student Activity

A fun and easy way to help children learn the value of money.

"People in Our Neighborhood” Student Activity

An activity to help children think about the jobs they might see in their community.

“Needs vs. Wants” Student Activity

An engaging activity to help children learn the difference between a want and a need.

Tools for Your School to Promote the Program

Newsletter/Web/Email Copy

Share messages with families- however is easiest for you- in a newsletter, on your website or in an email.

School Posters

Encourage students and families visiting your school to think about education after high school.

Classroom Posters

Inspire children to think about what they want to be when they grow up.

For Additional Resources

¹ The Alfond Grant is not automatic in all circumstances and is also available in limited other circumstances. The use of the Alfond Grant is also subject to certain restrictions – see Alfond Grant Guidelines.

² Grants for Maine residents are linked to eligible Maine accounts. Upon withdrawal, grants are paid only to institutions of higher education. See Terms and Conditions of Maine Grant Programs for other conditions and restrictions that apply. Grants may lose value.

The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is not an authorized distributor of NextGen 529.