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Forming healthy financial behaviors is a lot like forming good nutrition behaviors: it works best when habits are instilled from any early age. That's why Cooperative Federal's financial education program for elementary and middle school children focuses on combining the themes of Health and Wealth.
Our credit union partners with schools and after-school programs to bring basic financial education lessons into the classroom. Health, science, or physical education teachers can teach a lesson of their choice, and Cooperative Federal will pair it with an age-appropriate module that introduces children to important financial skills and concepts.
Here are a few of the topics we teach in K-8 classrooms.
Cooperative Federal's educators are certified financial counselors with backgrounds as schoolteachers. These staff members are dedicated to crafting effective lessons, providing objective information, and empowering students to make the best possible decisions for themselves.
In all of our classes, Cooperative Federal's instructors stress the importance of opening a savings account and consistently saving a portion of everything that a student earns. We know that the students we serve face many obstacles in life -- from college debt to lack of a living wage -- but by learning to save early and often, we believe young people can gain a measure of control and make the most of their circumstances. Our In School Savings Branches help to make this connection.
If you'd like to bring Health & Wealth to your classroom or after-school program, contact our Financial Education Department. There is a reasonable fee for each class session; in some cases grant assistance may be available. We can also collaborate with your organization to raise funds, or write letters of support for your grant applications.