April is a great time to start talking to kids about choices with money. Just as the weather changes, so do the "i wants" seem to get louder. I notice it in myself as I see Spring clothes come out and as I see neighbors out in their yards. I think it is natural after the winters we have been having to want to refresh and spruce up a bit.
The opportunity presented by Moonjar is one of "how can we make it happen"; our tools are a great way to set plans and goals to achieve those special spring wants. Simple budgeting conversations as a family can help set even young children on the right path in terms of SAVE SPEND and SHARE.
Jump$tart Coalition is a group that works to keep Youth Financial Literacy and Education in the forefront of national and statewide legislation and ideology. We have been a part of the coalition since we started over 17 years ago. They are a wonderful resource for all ages! They were integral in making April Financial Literacy Month.
Here is a bit of the history:
National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Financial Literacy Month evolved from Youth Financial Literacy Day, introduced by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) more than a decade ago as an activity of its High School Financial Planning Program. NEFE turned Financial Literacy Day over to the Jump$tart Coalition to promote among its network of national partners and state coalitions. Jump$tart expanded the day and in 2000, began promoting April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. In 2003, the United States Senate designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. In March 2004, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month, and both Houses of Congress have passed similar resolutions each year since then.
In 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation reasserting the importance of personal financial literacy for all Americans. Financial Literacy Month is an opportunity for financial corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies to promote educational initiatives and resources. In 2012, President Obama first proclaimed April National Financial Capability Month. The Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement, and the Council for Economic Education founded “Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill” in 2003, which has since been held every April. Financial Literacy Day offers the Members of Congress, their staffers, and the general public an opportunity to learn about the financial literacy effort and experience educational products from more than 60 sponsors and exhibitors—most of which are Jump$tart partners.