The Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office has a new financial literacy program for school children and it is free.
Treasurer Don Stenberg says fourth and fifth grade teachers can access the online lessons beginning this fall.
Topics include money management, savings, borrowing, and insurance.
“It’ll be fairly basic, but I think that all the surveys show that, all the way from adults down to students, a lot of folks don’t have the financial education that really would be helpful and almost essential,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The program is called Vault-Understanding Money. It was created by technology company EverFi, which offers a similar program aimed at high schools. That is in 102 Nebraska high schools this year.
“Your financial literacy education is something everybody will use,” Stenberg says, “whether you’re going to earn a wage, whether you’re going to have your own small business, even if you’re going to run a household and budget for groceries and utilities. It’s something everybody needs to know.”
Stenberg hopes it will get students on a path to making better financial choices.
The program is available to Nebraska’s home school students as well.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:38]