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For Kids

FINANCIAL EDUCATION IS THE TOOL TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE OF YOUR CHILD

Every Family and Every Child Deserves a Chance to Create a Successful Future

Resources for Kids

The following resources were created to help you support your child in establishing goals for the future and developing lifelong financial skills.

Financial Education

Financial Education

Teaching your child how to spend, save, and share money will help them to build lifelong financial skills.

 

Developing habits like planning ahead, saving, and sticking to goals helps children achieve financial well-being into adulthood.

 

By early elementary age, your child can develop the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding the concept of “time” and “future.”
  • Planning ahead and saving for what they want.
  • Making money choices that align with goals and values.
  • Understanding basic financial concepts, like saving and spending, how money is earned, different methods of paying, and sharing or donating.

Tip: Remember that you are teaching your child about money and modeling behaviors every day. Your daily financial decision-making provides an opportunity to teach financial skills. Make your next visit to the grocery store, bank, or gas station a financial lesson.

 

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Saving for Education

Saving for Education

It’s never too early to begin saving for education after high school.


Did you know that children who have a college savings account are more likely to go to college, even if they only have a small amount saved?* Starting early will allow your savings to grow over time and will provide your child with more options later on. Start small and encourage your child to dream big!

 

By early elementary age, your child can develop the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding that college costs money.
  • Learning that skills are valuable tools.
  • Identifying places where they could go to college.
  • Making money choices that align with goals and values.

Tip: Teach your child about money and saving for the future by creating ways for them to earn money. Help them to make a plan for their spending and saving. An allowance for chores is a great way to get them started on a path to financial success. It will allow them to start a habit of saving for the future.

 

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*Assets and Education Initiative, Building Expectations, Delivering Results: Asset-Based Financial Aid and the Future of Higher Education, in William Elliott (Ed.), Biannual report on the assets and education field, (Lawrence, KS: Assets and Education Initiative, 2013).
Planning for Education after High School

Planning for Education after High School

It’s never too early to start talking with your child about their future.

 

Parents and caregivers play a powerful role in guiding a child toward a successful future. The earlier your child begins to think about and explore future education and careers, the more time you’ll have to plan and discuss ways to build skills to achieve those dreams.

 

By early elementary age, your child can develop the following skills and knowledge:

  • Having conversations about future goals and aspirations.
  • Making educational choices that align with goals and values.
  • Discussing various jobs and the duties related to them.
  • Understanding that schools offer different programs.
  • Understanding basic college-related terms.

Tip: One of the best ways to support your child’s future is to show them that you value education. Getting to know their teacher (either in person or through email), and attending school events is a great way to support your child. Making sure that they arrive at school on time every day creates the habit for lifelong learning. If you are attending college yourself, or know of someone who is, visit the campus and talk with your child about what the program means.

 

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