How Tennessee equips its citizens with financial literacy
David H. Lillard Jr.
- David H. Lillard, Jr. is the Treasurer of the State of Tennessee.
April is Financial Literacy Month. It also marks 12 months of extraordinary challenges for many individuals and families in Tennessee. While the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened public health, it has also presented widespread economic hardship and instability for so many.
As Tennesseans face historic disruptions in the economy and employment, financial education becomes even more essential to ensuring a better future for our youngest citizens.
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As your State Treasurer, I have worked with our General Assembly, and with dedicated businesses and individuals who share our passion, to expand access to high quality financial literacy tools through Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission.
Our goal is to ensure that Tennesseans in each county have access to financial education tools appropriate to their age, starting in kindergarten. The commission achieves this goal primarily by providing educators with the tools, training and support necessary to integrate financial literacy concepts into their classrooms.
In addition, the commission shares free web resources on its website for children and adults to access at any time.
With the help of a parent or guardian, children can develop smart money skills from home through the Safe – Understanding Money program, an online program where grade 3 students in Grade 8 can play games designed to introduce them to essential financial literacy lessons on topics such as income and career, planning, credit and borrowing, spending and saving, and more!
Adults in Tennessee have 24/7 online access to the Financial Empowerment Resource Library. This free online financial education tool contains interactive modules covering financial topics including budgeting, building emergency savings, credit scores and reports, home ownership, auto loans, chequing accounts and retirement planning.
This month, as the locals celebrate financial literacy, I encourage Tennesseans to take a step toward improving your financial security by using these resources at TNFLC.org.
David H. Lillard, Jr. is the Treasurer of the State of Tennessee.