Calling All 2nd and 3rd Grade Teachers in Washington!
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions regulates and examines a variety of state chartered financial services. The Department also provides education and outreach to protect consumers from financial fraud. If you have a consumer question, or need to file a complaint, DFI is there to help.
As part of its outreach, the DFI is offering free, award-winning financial literacy curriculum materials to a limited number of second and/or third grade classrooms across the state of Washington. This program meets math and social studies standards for each grade level. Specifically, the materials being offered are Level C of the Money Savvy Kids Basic Personal Finance Curriculum, both the teacher materials and the student consumables. The DFI is also offering free teacher training available that will be accessible to participating teachers 24/7 during the 2017-18 school year.
Register Today! Washington 2nd and 3rd grade teachers may register their interest in the initiative by completing this MSK Registration Form.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
We will confirm your participation in the project via email.
What is being asked of teachers?
- Register for the initiative
- Accept the free curriculum materials and view the optional training
- Administer a brief pre- and post-instruction assessment test
- Teach the curriculum during the 2017-18 school year (6 hours of classroom time)
- Distribute an 8-question parent survey to the students' parents
- Return parent surveys and assessment tests to Money Savvy Generation
Has this been done before?
Yes, the DFI has sponsored this initiative since
2004. Each year the DFI gave free curriculum materials to classroom
teachers across the state of Washington and each year the program
was met with great success. The assessment test results demonstrated
significant improvement in student attitudes towards saving and
investing post instruction. See the DFI's
website for more information.
How do parents feel about this initiative?
Survey results from the program last year demonstrate parents' support of putting this type of education in their children's classrooms:
- 92% of parents feel that the Money Savvy Kids curriculum has increased their child's knowledge and skills in an important subject area.
- 94% of parents feel that financial literacy is very relevant in their child's future.
- 43% of parents said that the Money Savvy Kids curriculum would change how the adults in the household handled their money.
- 88% of parents support the idea of this program
being expanded across the state.
Why should our school/my classroom participate?
A child can have solid reading, writing, and math
skills, but if they cannot manage their money, they will struggle,
even fail as adults. You can change that. You can give them the
basic framework to make good financial decisions. Armed with this
knowledge, they will become responsible citizens and contributors
to their community. You can change their lives.
The unfortunate reality is that outside of this program, most Washington State students will never receive any formal instruction in basic personal finance. Not in elementary school, high school or even college. This is an opportunity to give your students a critical life skill that will get them started on the road to financial success.
Register Today! Washington 2nd and 3rd grade teachers may register their interest in the initiative by completing this MSK Registration Form. We will confirm your participation in the project within a few days of registration.
Contact Us: If you would like to know more or have questions about this initiative, please feel free to contact Lyn Peters, Director of Communications for the Washington DFI via or via phone at 360-902-8731 or Michael Beacham, President of Money Savvy Generation via or via toll-free phone at 800-413-0073 ext 202.