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April is National Financial Literacy Month

DATE | 03/31/21
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Since 2003, April has been recognized as National Financial Literacy Month—a time to highlight the importance of financial literacy and help people learn and maintain healthy financial habits.

We love the national focus on financial literacy because it reinforces our belief that education is fundamental to the financial security of those we serve.

To help you achieve your financial goals, consider these resources that promote financial literacy in April and all year long. You’ll find a wealth of knowledge for your personal financial plans as well as financial literacy resources for your classroom.

(Virtual) Money Smart Week
This year the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week has gone all virtual. Sign up for free webinars on topics such as managing money, student loan basics, identity theft, and more between April 10-17, 2021. There will be one daily live event plus select resources.

Money Management International’s Thirty Steps to Financial Wellness
Offers a 30-step path to help you achieve financial wellness. Includes budgeting tips, quizzes, information on how to save money, tools to track your income and expenses, and more.

Retirement Toolkit 
The Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have collaborated to provide a list of publications and interactive tools to help in your retirement planning, plus information on how to contact them with specific questions.

MyMoney.gov
Find financial information for your personal and professional use as an educator. You can also access a clearinghouse of federally-funded research reports, articles and datasets on financial topics.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
A national non-profit coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth. It strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making by providing advocacy, research standards, and educational resources. Check out their first distance-learning module, Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators, which is free! Click here for Wisconsin’s Jump$tart page.

Edutopia: Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy
A comprehensive list of links to resources to help students learn financial concepts, practice money management, and build strong financial decision-making and economic-reasoning skills.

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