Financial Footings introduces youth to the world of personal finance.

Financial Footings is divided into two levels that include specific activities and learning objectives:

Grades K-2
Taught by learners' classroom teachers.

Learners are introduced to coins and dollar bills, the connection between working and earning money, discerning needs from wants, and the role of banks and credit unions. Footings 1 learnings are reinforced with lessons featuring PEN-E, a Financial Beginnings original character that recently moved to Earth and is unfamiliar with money and finances.
Grades 3-5
Taught by a Financial Beginnings volunteer.

Learners are introduced to concepts surrounding income, spending, budgeting, investing, and insurance. Footings 2 learnings are reinforced with lessons featuring FIN-B, a Financial Beginnings original character that has ventured away from Earth and is building on a new planet.

Footings 2 Topics Covered:

Earn It
Earning Money / Exploring Careers / Being an Entrepreneur
Spend It
Ways to Pay / Spending Decisions / Currency
Plan It
Money Planning / Borrowing Money / Community Investment
Grow It
Goal Setting / Earning Interest / Investing
Protect It
Ways to Protect Yourself / Planning for the Unexpected / Avoiding Online Scams
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Best-In-Class Curricula - Inclusion at the Center

Financial Beginnings curricula are updated annually to ensure programming remains relevant to learners' needs and is rooted in instructional design best practices, state education standards, and the latest financial education research. With inclusion driving all aspects of curricula design and delivery, Financial Beginnings ensures all materials are created and revised to serve individuals at all income levels.

We provide all learners with a copy of the curriculum and all necessary supplemental materials, which are sent directly to the school or host site prior to the program. It is our job to make program hosts' work easier; we handle all the details and offer a program that enhances the standards-based math and life-skills educators are already teaching.

Full-Service Approach to Program Delivery

National & State Education Standards

Curriculum meets state standards and is designed using national benchmarks.

Trained Volunteer Presenters

Industry professionals are trained to teach lessons and facilitate engaging activities from Footings programming. These presenters can truly connect with learners by delivering a relevant program.

No-Cost Learning Materials

Learners are provided an activity book filled with valuable financial lessons, resources, and activities to use during sessions and to take home for continued learning and application. All materials are provided at no cost to educators and learners.

Simple Registration

Schools and community groups schedule programming online to fit their needs. Financial Beginnings takes care of the rest. The Footings 1 program covers four money topics that are typically broken into four 20- to 40-minute lessons. The Footings 2 program covers five financial topics, usually broken into five 1-hour sessions, which can be scheduled to fit each educator's or host's needs. In addition to financial education, learners are left with a message of responsibility and a solid footing for a bright financial future.