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Financial Education
There are many Financial Education programs available. The Department of Labor requires their IDA Programs to use one of the following three curricula, or a combination thereof:
1. “Money Smart” – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, developed a 10-module Financial Education curriculum called “Money Smart.” “Money Smart” is available free of charge to IDA program operators and any other groups providing training in Financial Education. Included in the curriculum are Trainers’ Guides for each module, PowerPoint slides, and Participant’s Guides that can be copied for each participant. The curriculum is available in several languages. To order go to:  

2. “MoneyWi$e” is a financial education curriculum developed by Consumer Action and Capital One. Materials available include participant information brochures, leaders’ guides, power point slides, and lesson plans on each module topic. For more information, go to:

3. – This site offers free on-line courses in many topics including financial education. For more information, go to

Other financial education curricula include: is the U.S. Government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial

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