Financial Education for Preschoolers
Thanks to a grant from PNC, Wake County Public Libraries will offer free programs for preschool children that teach lessons in spending, sharing and saving, and that encourage parents to reinforce those lessons at home. Children and adult caregivers will also learn about making good choices and understanding values. PNC provided Wake County Public Libraries with a two-year $125,000 grant to support the financial education program for children, called $mart Choice$, Great Fun.
Using PNC grant dollars, the library will purchase materials, engage consultants, and develop book collections to support the initiative and its concepts. The library will offer supporting programs each month from January 2014 through August 2015. Program attendees will receive a “For Me, for You, for Later” financial education kit developed by Sesame Workshop for PNC as part of a continuing partnership in early education.
“Through this grant from PNC, we can reach children in Wake County at an early age to help establish smart habits that will last a lifetime,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries. County Commissioner Betty Lou Ward said, “I think it’s exciting …we have so many youngsters in this county that do need some additional help before they go to kindergarten … it’s special.”
Experience fun with concepts that support early childhood financial education at preschool storytimes during the weeks of May 18-24, June 15-21 and July 13-19. For more information on programs, see the calendar below or contact your local library.