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CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights Online Educational Resources During Financial Literacy Month in April

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Floridians respond to the threat of COVID-19 and in recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis reminds Florida’s students, teachers, and parents of the availability of online financial literacy resources provided by the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS). In a letter today to Florida school superintendents statewide, CFO Patronis highlighted online financial literacy programs for students ages 10 and under, as well as middle and high school students.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As Florida’s students and teachers throughout our state adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, I wanted to provide vital financial literacy resources that can be taught at home or incorporated into online learning. Financial literacy is an important key to a strong financial future and learning the basics of credit, budgeting, savings, and investing, can further prepare students for financial success.”
National Financial Literacy Month is recognized nationwide in April to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach everyone how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) offers the following online financial literacy resources for kids of all ages:

CLIMB, Children Learning the Importance of Money Basics
This financial literacy program is for youth ages 10 and under. This online adventure tells the story of Sammie, the Saving Scottie, through a series of animated videos as he learns the basics of money management. Topics include budgeting, saving and the difference between needs and wants, with the goal to help start the conversation about money basics, while making it fun and engaging for Florida's early learners.

Finance Your Future -
These online courses strive to be a comprehensive, yet simple overview of various financial topics like banking, budgeting and saving, credit and debt, insurance and financial frauds and scams. These courses are designed for middle and high school students as well as parents, teachers and other adults. This program is approved by the Department of Education as meeting the Financial literacy standards and contains modules, assessments and an instructor portal to assist teachers with implementation of the program.
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