Adult Resources for Preschool and Elementary Students
Kids learn about money from their parents — and they start young! Find suggestions for books to read to kids and podcasts answering common questions.
Did you know children's books can help teach financial literacy to youth? The tools and resources found on this page can help you no matter if you're a parent, a teacher, or someone else who has "teachable moments" with youth.
Why teach children about money and spending? These audio clips answer many common questions parents have about children and money.
Not sure how to start teaching children about money? Take a look at these handouts.
Money Conversation Starters for Parents & Children (99 K PDF) — This family activity will help parents initiate some important conversations with children about money.
Children and Money: Teaching Children Money Habits for Life (176 K PDF) — How to teach children about money starting when they are young.
Children and Money: Allowance and Alternatives (263 K PDF) — Be consistent with children about earning, spending, sharing, saving, and borrowing money.
Promoting Financial Literacy
April is Financial Literacy Month! Use our display and promotional materials at your library, event table, etc.
April is Financial Literacy Month Bookmark (279 K PDF) — Ready to print bookmarks.
Children’s Literacy Display (246 K PDF) — Ready to print display pieces.
Children’s Literacy Poster (411 K PDF) — Ready to print poster.
Other Recommended Resources
Children and Money Series — University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service — This video series helps parents and other adults teach basic money management principles to children.
Consumer Critter Crew — Texas AgriLife Extension Service — Six lesson plans for teaching children about the value of money and how to be wise consumers.
Consumer Savvy — National 4-H — Youth spend $175 billion annually. Help them become informed and responsible consumers.
Financial Fables — Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — Entertaining stories that combine economics and personal finance into life lessons that feature "money morals."
Financial Fitness For Life® — High-quality materials for use with students from grades K-12 presented in separate publications for four grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). The overarching goal of the materials is to help students make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, including earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money.
How to Raise a Money Smart Child: A Parent's Guide — Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy — Includes articles on budgeting, allowances, needs and wants, banking services, savings accounts, etc.
Money Sense for Your Children — University of Nevada Cooperative Extension — This series covers topics like allowances, where money comes from, children and advertising, saving, and spending plans.
MN Jump$tart Coalition — The Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition list of 11 websites to assist parents in teaching and talking to their kids about financial literacy.
Money as You Grow — Recommended as an initiative of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. The content on this site does not represent official policies of the United States Government or the United States Department of Treasury. The information and materials provided in this website are general in nature and are not to be considered the rendering of legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, insurance or other professional advice.
Right on the Money — Penn State Extension — Four-session educational program that uses reading to introduce children to key financial concepts. Provides parent with tools and information to both reinforce their own financial knowledge and help them positively influence their children’s future money management skills.