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Teach Children to Save

Teach Children to Save

Geared toward grades K-8, Teach Children to Save (TCTS), is a free national program sponsored by the ABA Foundation, that organizes banker volunteers throughout the year to help young people develop a savings habit early in life. Bankers registered to participate in the program will receive access to a private resource page containing promotional materials, student activities, communication tools and presentation lessons (also available in Spanish) covering topics that include; Banking Careers, Decision Making, Interest, Money Recognition and Savings.




Banks of all sizes that actively provide youth financial education, using any curriculum, are invited to register their participation in TCTS at no cost. The list of program participants is shared with State Bank Associations, policymakers and consumers. Additionally, registered participants will receive access to all TCTS resources.

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Why should I participate in TCTS?

You can use your unique set of skills and expertise to help address a serious problem in our nation—one that threatens the economic stability of America—the lack of financial know-how. Participation in any of ABA Foundation financial education initiatives give you the opportunity to do your in helping consumers of all ages develop the knowledge, tools, and capabilities needed in order to make informed decisions throughout their financial lives. TCTS is an opportunity to foster relationships in your communities, while giving young people the tools and inspiration for a successful financial future.

Additionally, once registered as a participant, your bank will appear on the list of participating banks. ABA Foundation will promote this list to media, state bank associations, policymakers, and community organizations. Participation is an opportunity to highlight your commitment to your community and get recognition for all your outreach efforts.

How do I get started?

Registration to participate in TCTS opens each January, is available at no cost and ABA membership is not required. Once you've registered your bank’s participation through the ABA Shopping Cart, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. This email will contain a link to a private resource page where you can access presentation planning tools, lesson plans, social media guide and communication materials to publicize your bank's efforts. ABA members can review the Start a Financial Education Program Toolbox for an in-depth look into beginning a program.

What qualifies as TCTS participation?

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. You do not have to use ABA Foundation curriculum to register participation. Examples of program participation include bank visits, in-classroom presentations and events with other organizations that discuss saving and relative topics, along with distributing youth personal finance materials.

What if I don’t feel qualified to give a presentation?

TCTS materials were designed and developed exclusively for bankers to make saving lessons engaging and are great for instructors with little to no experience teaching money concepts. Each lesson promotes audience participation through discussion and hands on activities, with an easy to follow, step-by-step, lesson plan. 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.

When can I particpate in TCTS?

TCTS celebrates an annual awareness day each April during Financial Literacy Month to focus media attention around the importance of financial education. Bankers are encouraged to schedule presentations on the designated TCTS Day or throughout the month of April, understanding that bankers’ and schools’ schedules may prevent participation during that time, a presentation given at any time during the calendar year counts as program participation.

How can I connect with my community to schedule a presentation?

The ABA Foundation believes your bank is in the best position to make local education connections. In addition to classroom lessons, there are a host of groups in every community that serve children and families that can be approached, such as school-based after-care programs or social service groups like; United Way, scout troops, Boys and Girls clubs, and youth groups.

When registering you are encouraged to opt-in to accept presentation requests through FinEdLink. This component of the program will connect you with parties in your community interested in having a banker give a financial education presentation. Additional information can be found under the FinEd Link tab.

Where can I learn more?

Attend a live TCTS Webinar or access a recording of a previous training session. A variety of training options are available on-demand through the Financial Education Webinar Portal. Still have questions? Reach out to the ABA Foundation staff directly. Contact information is listed at the bottom of the page.




Find Your Financial Education Link to Grades K-8

Looking for an audience in your community to give a financial education presentation to? ABA Foundation’s FinEdLink component can help you. This free online portal matches banks with schools, agencies, faith-based ministries, community centers, and other organizations that have expressed interest in having a banker present on age-appropriate personal finance topics. The ABA Foundation markets FinEdLink to non-banker audiences around the country to help you establish relationships in your community with those who have a vested interest in improving financial literacy.

To accept FinEdLink presentation request, you need only check the op-in box when registering your participation in each of the Foundation's financial education programs. You will find the opt-in option on the TCTS enrollment form once you are logged into the ABA Shopping Cart. Opting-in then allows groups in your community to request a financial education presentation from your bank.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How will I receive presentation requests?

Once you opt-in to participate in FinEdLink on the TCTS registration form, available through the ABA Shopping Cart, you will receive presentation requests via email from the ABA Foundation at This email will contain detailed information about the requested presentation in your community. ABA Foundation staff is available help to facilitate these partnerships.

2. What should I do when I receive a request?

Simply click the accept link in the request email to notify the ABA Foundation that you will connect with the requestor regarding a presentation. Using the contact information in the request email, reach out directly to the requestor to coordinate logistics for the presentation. We ask that you contact the requestor directly within two weeks of receiving the initial request. If you are unable to accept the presentation request contact the ABA Foundation.

3. What topics will I present?

You will be asked to present topics taken directly from the TCTS program: Banking Careers, Decision Making, Identifying Money, Interest, and Saving. In some cases, you may be asked to present more than one topic.

4. Where will the presentation be held?

Logistics for presentations will be coordinated between you and the requestor. Presentations are frequently held at the facility of the requesting organization, bank branch, public library or other community centers.​


 Consumer Resources


ABA Foundation offers free personal finance resources and activities to help youth make knowledgeable financial decisions.


To support the banking industry’s national commitment to improving financial literacy, ABA Foundation launched FinEdLink. This free online portal enables schools, agencies, faith-based ministries, community centers and other organizations to request a banker led, age-appropriate, financial education presentation.

​For additional information, please contact Jeni Pas​tier​​​​.​


 Get Involved


 Annual Teach Children to Save Day


Mark your calendar to join us for the next Teach Children to Save Day on Friday, April 24, 2020!

ABA staff give presentations at school in Washington, D.C. for Teach Children to Save Day 2019.

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