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FDIC Consumer News

Spring 2015

FDIC Publishes New Resources for Teaching Young People About Money

In April 2015, the FDIC launched Money Smart for Young People, a series of financial education curriculums for four age groups — Grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 — including lesson plans for teachers and resources for parents and caregivers. The free resources are designed to improve financial education and decision-making skills among young people.

The FDIC worked in partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to develop these new educational tools. The parent/caregiver guides are available in English and Spanish through a Web site developed by the FDIC and the CFPB. Educators can download the full curriculum, including lesson plans, at the FDIC's Web site.

It is important that financial education begin at a young age so that children can build long-term, positive financial habits," FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said. He added that the new tools for parents and teachers will help kids "build financial capability and take advantage of the opportunities in the banking system to reach their financial goals."

Also available through the FDIC link above is more information on the FDIC's Money Smart program as a whole, which includes curriculums for people of all ages.