Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Teach Children to Save Day?
- Do I have to participate on Teach Children to Save Day, Friday, April 28?
- Why should I participate?
- How can I get started?
- How can I learn more about the program before I register my bank?
- What types of activities qualify as part of Teach Children to Save?
- Does ABA Foundation pair up banks with schools?
- I contacted my local school, but they were unable to participate. What should I do?
- I'd like to participate, but I'm not too comfortable with giving financial education lessons. Can you recommend any resources?
- How does the Teach Children to Save materials help deliver the program?
- Will my bank get recognition? How?
- What if I still have questions?
1. What is Teach Children to Save Day?
Teach Children to Save Day is an annual awareness day when bankers demonstrate their community commitment by teaching young people about the value of saving. Visiting classrooms, youth centers, after-school programs and more, bankers use their real-world knowledge and professional skills to encourage young people to start young, and save more. Teach Children to Save Day 2017 is on April 28.
2. Do I have to participate on Teach Children to Save Day?
No. Bankers’ and schools’ schedules may prevent your bank from participating in April. While ABA Foundation selects a single day to help focus media attention on the importance of financial literacy, don’t let the date deter you. You know best when, and how, to meet the needs of your community.
- Consider participating sometime in April, as part of Financial Capability Month.
- If your bank can’t participate in April, set up savings education during the Spring.
- Of course, any time is a great time to teach saving, and we know many of you do so year-round.
ABA Foundation maintains a Teach Children to Save Bank Participation List, in recognition of bankers’ activities throughout the year. So, whether your bank teaches in April, August or even December, you will still be considered a participating TCTS bank.
3. Why should I participate?
You can use your unique set of skills to help address a serious problem in our nation—one that threatens the economic stability of America—the lack of financial know-how. You can play a part in helping consumers of all ages develop the knowledge, tools, and capability they need in order to make better informed decisions throughout their financial lives. Plus, it's fun! It's an opportunity to reach out to your communities and give young people the tools and inspiration for a successful financial future.
4. How can I get started?
Registering for Teach Children to Save is free and ABA membership is not required. Once you've registered, use the free presentation planning tools, lesson plans, social media guide and press materials to publicize your bank's efforts. Attend a live TCTS Webinar or access a pre-recorded training session. A variety of training options are available on-demand. Check out our Financial Education Training Webinar Portal.
5. How can I learn more about the program before I register my bank?
Attend the latest training webinar, Celebrate 20 Years of Teach Children to Save Webinar, on January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET. Free registration is required. . The hour-long session is designed to familiarize bankers new to Teach Children to Save by breaking down the program and providing action steps, ideas and tips on making an effective TCTS lesson.
6. What types of activities qualify as part of Teach Children to Save?
In short, any savings-related lesson, presentation, or event—specifically those that focus on how to save, reasons to save and where to save—qualifies as part of Teach Children to Save. Examples include bank visits and events with other organizations that discuss saving, distributing savings-related materials, in-school bank lessons that augment deposit collections. Participating banks are strongly encouraged to use lesson materials that are aligned with national or state-specific curriculum standards, such as ABA Foundation's Teach Children to Save material. A library of financial education resources may be found on the Jump$tart Coalition® for Personal Financial Literacy Clearinghouse.
7. Does ABA Foundation pair up banks with schools?
No, ABA Foundation does not make contact with local schools. We believe your bank is in the best position to make local education connections. Many banks contact existing school and community partners. In addition to classroom lessons, there are a host of groups in every community that serve children and families. Fellow bankers recommend school-based after-care programs, social service groups such as United Way, scout troops, Boys and Girls clubs, and youth groups.
8. I contacted my local school, but they were unable to participate. What should I do?
Branch out. Contact other groups in your community that serve children. Libraries are often eager to host community gatherings, especially those of an educational nature. This provides an excellent opportunity to reach both students and adults. Plus, libraries have more flexibility, time wise. Don’t overlook Boys and Girls clubs, after-care programs, school clubs and agencies that work with families in transition .
9. I'd like to participate, but I'm not too comfortable with giving financial education lessons. Can you recommend any resources?
The TCTS materials are great for instructors with little to no experience teaching money concepts. These lessons are designed to promote participation, in an easy to follow step-by-step format. The "How Safe?" lesson, for example, gets students in kindergarten, first and second grade exploring the various places people keep their money. During the "Secret Agent Savings" lesson students in grades 3-5 use their listening skills and deductive reasoning to uncover savings mistakes.
10. How do the Teach Children to Save materials help deliver the program?
TCTS materials were designed and developed exclusively for bankers to make saving lessons easy for instructors and fun for kids. The lesson curriculum is aligned with academic standards, which enables a teacher to understand how these activities support and supplement their own lessons. When you factor in the expertise of our education consultant, reviews from bankers and educators, the look-and-feel, and the correlation to curriculum standards, this is a great value and truly a one-of-a-kind resource.
11. Will my bank get recognition? How?
Absolutely! Once you register for Teach Children to Save your bank is added to the online TCTS Bank Participation List. We promote this list with media and policymakers on Teach Children to Save Day and throughout the year to highlight your commitment to your community.
12. What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions, contact the ABA Community Engagement Foundation or call 1-800-BANKERS and ask to speak with an ABA Foundation staff member.
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