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The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy defines "Financial Literacy" as...

 "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage one's financial resources

 effectively for lifetime financial security."

 

Web Resources

Colorado Jump$tart Coalition has compiled the following collection of websites, which provide financial education information and resources. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement by the Coalition.

Colorado-based Resources:

 

Colorado Academic Standards – Personal Financial Literacy

The Colorado Department of Education’s website provides the new Colorado Academic Standards in an easy-to-use searchable data base.  Personal Financial Literacy standards are imbedded in social studies/economics and math. Implementation of the new standards is scheduled for Fall, 2011.

Credit Education

Money Management International and its Consumer Credit Counseling Service agencies have over 50 years of experience helping consumers regain financial control of their lives and reduce their debt liabilities.  Financial education resource materials and a schedule of local workshops are available online.  You can also contact the local office for classroom speakers.

Economic Education for Teachers

The Colorado Council for Economic Education provides superior professional development programs and curriculum resources to teachers. In addition, CCEE now offers the national Stock Market Game™ in Colorado. The SMG is an online, multi-dimensional, teacher-directed, highly educational, classroom simulation and national competition for students.

 Financing Higher Education

Education Cents was created by CollegeInvest, a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Their goal is to help you understand financial matters to provide the tools you need to help finance your and your family's higher education.  The site offers 10 separate units covering important money management topics. 

National Endowment for Financial Education

NEFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping individual Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their financial lives.

 

Additional Resources

 

America Saves

America Saves is a nationwide campaign that utilizes information, advice and encouragement to assist those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.

Anti-Phishing Working Group

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global, pan-industrial, and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.

Banks and You

FDIC Consumer News provides practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services. Each issue offers helpful hints, quick tips, and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars.

BizWorld

BizWorld provides schools with hands-on programs, for use in grades 3 through 8, designed to add relevancy to academics, while improving the understanding of entrepreneurship and money management.

Center for Student Credit Card Education

A website with information about student debt and resources for teachers.

Coins, Coins, Coins


The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site is all about coins!  And taking a close look at coins can help a youngster begin to grow into a fiscally responsible adult!  Check out some of this site's fun activities and lesson plans that promote basic economic understanding: Coin enthusiasts, school teachers, and parents can access a great deal of information about past, present, and future coins with just a few clicks. 

 Currency is Cool

The U.S. government has developed educational tools to enhance the public's knowledge of redesigned U.S. currency. A variety of informative games and classroom materials, including an interactive quiz, lesson plans and bookmarks, are available for download.

 Consumer Action

A consumer education and advocacy agency since 1971.

Eager for Extra Economics Info

The Minneapolis Federal Reserve is now offering a teaching resource for high school economics courses based on articles from the Bank's publications. Selected articles are supplemented with annotation, suggested use, and a series of questions probing increased levels of understanding.

Federal Reserve Education

The Federal Reserve System is committed to economic and personal financial education. Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.

Jump$tart

Jump$tart encourages curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience. This site is designed to meet your needs whether you are a parent, a teacher, a financial professional or anyone else interested in helping kids get smart about money. The Clearinghouse is an invaluable tool.

LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational program of the National Consumers League that develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teens in a fun way, and rewards them for the knowledge they demonstrate

Money Smart

Money Smart is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) training program to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. A version of the program for 12 to 20 year-olds is also available.

MyMoney

MyMoney.gov aggregates financial information from 21 federal agencies, departments and bureaus. Users will be able to find information on planning for the financial impact of major life events and money management tools. The site includes resources for teachers, service members, women, parents, youth, employers, and more. The site is available in Spanish.

Native Financial Education Coalition

A group of local, regional, and national organizations and government agencies that have joined together to promote financial education in Native communities.

National Financial Capability Challenge

An awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States so they can take control over their financial futures. The Treasury Department worked with a group of leading experts to create an Educator Toolkit that is available online. It is designed to provide you with a selection of classroom-ready materials that you can use to help students develop the personal finance knowledge and skills they need to improve their financial skills and futures

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

NIFA supports increased economic opportunities and quality of life in rural areas. NIFA's Family Economics News newsletter contains research, resources for educators and consumers, and information on educational events and programs.

OnGuard Online

OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Pay Day Loan Info

Consumer Federation of America's information resource on payday lending for consumers and advocates. Information, calculators, Research and Reports.

Practical Money Skills

A web site designed to help educators, parents and students practice better money management for life.

Retirement Made Simpler

A joint effort of AARP, FINRA, and the Retirement Security Project, Retirement Made Simpler is a website which provides information on automatic 401(k) plans. Automatic 401(k) plans automatically enroll employees, requiring them to opt-out rather than opt-in to the plan. Opt-in policies lead to low enrollment rates. Automatic 401(k) plans have been shown to dramatically increase plan participation, better preparing employees for retirement.

The website includes an overview of the plan’s benefits, directions for employers to establish plans, case studies, and more.

Stop Internet Pirates

A website provided by the Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks providing information for consumers to stop internet pirates from stealing personal financial information.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy provides information relevant for each stage of life.

66 Ways to Save

Tips to save money on insurance, utilities, banking/credit, transportation, housing and other areas.