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SparkPoint at Cañada

Cañada College is located in Redwood City, California, within Silicon Valley. Located in San Mateo County, the campus sits on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Redwood City hills.

 Canada courtyard

In San Mateo County, home to some of the most affluent neighborhoods in California, one-fifth of the county’s population struggles to make ends meet. A better life through higher education is too often out of reach. 

To better serve these individuals and their families, Cañada College became the second college in California to host a SparkPoint Center.

Modeled on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Center for Working Families  ," SparkPoint is part of a regional United Way of the Bay Area network of financial education centers designed to serve individuals and families who are working to achieve financial self-sufficiency. Students and other members of the community utilize SparkPoint services and resources to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Services and resources are bundled and sequenced to improve outcomes. 

Please click here to see our logic model, which details the outcomes we expect to achieve with our students, clients, and partners, and what we do to achieve those outcomes.

SparkPoint features


Financial Education Workshops Financial Coaching Sessions Savings and Checking Accounts
Individual Development Accounts Free Tax Preparation Assistance Benefits - Cash, Health Insurance & Food
Food Pantry Career Services Center

California Employment Development Department Services

Cañada College Degrees and Certificates