Financial Education 2018-02-28T08:42:11+00:00

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Financial Education

Financial Education for You

Completing a financial education curriculum can help you obtain knowledge and an understanding of financial matters.  Financial education is the building block of financial capability and can eventually lead to economic mobility.  Financial education classes and events can be found on the Money Smart KC calendar.

Financial Education Curricula and Tools

When picking a curriculum to use, we suggest that you utilize resources that are from trusted sources and are consistently updated.

Sources for financial education curricula are:

Financial Education Activities and Games

  • The Stock Market Game– An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages student’s grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared 15 million students for financially independent futures.
  • EconEdLink – Use technology to help teach economics and financial literacy through simulations, games, videos and other inter-actives.
  • Buying a Home (English and Spanish) – use these calculators to learn what to consider when entering the housing market
  • College Activity (English and Spanish) – learn how you can save for college to help minimize student loan debt
  • Family Finances Activity (English and Spanish) – test yours budgeting skills through decision-making within a family setting
  • H&R Block Budget Challenge – Learn and practice real-world money management skills such as paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement and more in real time.
  • Life Values Quiz – Most of us don’t realize what’s behind the thousands of financial decisions we make every year. And, if we are in a relationship, we are even less certain about why our partners make the decisions they do. If you want to demystify your money behaviors, start here with the Life Values quiz. – See more at:
  • The Mint – Try activities, challenges and calculators that deal with spending, saving, borrowing, earning and more.
  • Be Your Own Boss Challenge – take a quiz to find out if you might be a good fit for running your own business
  • Credit Card IQ Quiz – find out how much you know about credit
  • Spending Challenge – learn about how your choices can affect your money management
  • What Kind of Spender Are You? Quiz – answer questions to find out your spending habits
  • When Will You Be a Millionaire Calculator – find out how long it can take to be a millionaire based on your savings choices
  • Practical Money Skills for Life Games – – Access online financial education interactive in a game-based environment.
  • Countdown to Retirement – learn about retirement through a lifestyle choice game
  • Financial Football – test your money management skills through a football simulated game
  • Financial Soccer – test your money management skills through a soccer simulated game
  • Money Metropolis – learn about savings goals and ways to save
  • Peter Pig’s Money Counter – practice sorting and counting money
  • Jump$tart’s Reality Check – Fill in the choices in this quick and easy online calculator to see if you can afford your dream life. You might be surprised at how much that life will cost.

Financial Coaching

Calendar of Financial Education Classes and Events

Teacher Resources

Professional Development For Educators
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program (C.A.R.E) This program is a one-hour, interactive presentation by judges and lawyers focusing on the proper use of credit cards, the cost of credit, the effects of credit card use, and the economic and personal effects of credit card abuse.  It was developed to educate young people, mainly high school juniors and seniors, about the hazards and pitfalls of credit card use and abuse.  To arrange a presentation, please contact the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts at 816-512-1883 (Missouri) or 913-735-2110 (Kansas) or contact Kerry Brown at
  • Council for Economic Education offers both online and in-person professional development opportunities for educators throughout the country.  To find in-person workshops in your area, please visit our Activities by State page, where you can find the website and contact information for the CEE affiliate closest to you.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Teacher workshops are available every summer and webinars are offered year-round on a variety of topics. Both are free to K-16 educators and education professionals and feature hot topics tied to economics and personal finance.
  • Kansas Council for Economic Education – Resources to equip Kansas teachers to educate Kansas students (K-12) on the principles of economics and personal finance.
  • Kansas State Department of Education – Kansas classroom educators can learn about certification procedures and requirements.

Teacher Resources

Financial Education Teaching Tools

The following list highlights K-12 curricula that aligns to content standards and is designed to promote financial understanding in young people. The curricula address the concepts of budgeting, credit, saving, investing and more through hands-on classroom-ready lessons and activities.

  • FDIC’s Money Smart Financial Education Program – Features four free age-appropriate curriculums that are designed to promote financial understanding in young people.
  • FDIC’s Money Smart Teaching Tools – Training & Events
  • EconEdLink – Links to lessons, interactive tools, professional development opportunities and student financial literacy competitions across the country.
  • Federal Reserve Education – Equips educators, educates students and empowers consumers through lesson plans, games, activities, online courses, multimedia-based tools and more, searchable by grade range, topic, correlation to national content standards and format. Features over 250 free resources tied to personal finance concepts.
  • Jump$tart Coalition – Showcases an online library of financial education resources for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students.
  • Kansas Council for Economic Education – Resources to equip Kansas teachers to educate Kansas students (K-12) on the principles of economics and personal finance.
  • Missouri Council on Economic Education – Provides access to free classroom lessons on earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit and financial investing.
  • Money As You Learn – Offers educators texts, lessons, and tasks that connect the Common Core to real life applications while also equipping students with the knowledge needed to make smart financial decisions.
  • Money Math: Lessons for Life – Features a four-lesson curriculum supplement for middle school math classes using real-life examples in personal finance.
  • Next Gen Personal Finance – Next Gen Personal Finance offers a free online curriculum of 65+ complete lessons and 100+ standalone activities you can access from anywhere. Preview lessons and activities and easily access them on the Gooru platform.
  • Practical Money Skills For Life – Helps consumers, educators, parents, policymakers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance through articles, games and lesson plans.
  • School of Economics – This section of the website is for teachers who have scheduled field trips to the School of Economics for the 2017-2018 academic year. It includes preparation checklists, forms needed for student businesses, information about volunteers, and links to financial education curriculum.

Teacher Resources

National Personal Finance Standards for K-12 Education


Teacher Resources

Community Organizations
  • Family Financial Transformations™Catholic Charities of Northeast KansasDesigned to help break the cycle of debt and give families the tools to better manage their fi­nances,Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is now enrolling families in the Family Financial Transformations program. Participants work with a team of professionals who are committed to helping families reach financial self-sufficiency. During this 12-month program, participants receive one on one budget coaching, group topic classes, and a personal financial mentor. Geared for the whole family, childcare is provided for younger children and those children eight years and older are able to participate in their own age-appropriate financial education classes. Graduating participants also enjoy personal and educational incentives alongside ongoing mentorship.* The Family Financial Transformations™ program is currently only offered in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.Contact Kimberly Burau at 913.906.8996 or or Meagan Cashell at 913.433.2005 or
  • Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP)Catholic Charities of Northeast KansasRecognizing that predatory lending such as payday and title loans contributes to the hardships, Catholic Charities offers a loan refinance program in partnership with Country Club Bank and Bank of Blue Valley.The Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP) is designed to help eliminate high-interest title or payday loans by issuing participants a new, low-interest loan. Each participant is enrolled in a financial education series to help develop a long-term financial plan and budget. They are also assigned a Catholic Charities case manager specialist to provide ongoing monthly support.Eligibility and program requirements include:
    • Total amount of Payday or Title loans must not exceed $1,500
    • Must have stable, traceable income
    • Budget must reflect ability to make monthly loan payments
    • Monthly case management for the duration of the loan
    • Attendance of financial education courses mandatory

    Contact the Kansas Loan Pool Hotline at 913.433.2050

  • Junior Achievement – Prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
  • Lead to Read – Connects trusted, caring adult volunteers with 1 – 4 grade kids in urban schools for 30 minutes per week.
  • Mad City Money – Gives youth a taste of the real world within a school setting as they experience a budget simulation activity.
  • Reality U – Helps students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood as they learn about income, debt, credit, and the cost of raising a family.
  • Turn the Page – Works to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all 3rd graders in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Teach Children to Save – Pairs Kansas City metro area K – 3 grade classrooms with community volunteers each April for a 45-minute classroom-ready lesson about the importance of saving.
  • School of Economics – The School of Economics provides high-quality, full-day field trip experiences for elementary school students from the Greater Kansas City area.
  • Metro Lutheran Ministry – Learn how we minister to our Kansas City area neighbors who are poor, elderly or disabled.

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