FRANKFORT, Ky. – (April 10, 2013) – The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is celebrating April as Financial Literacy Month by expanding its educational outreach opportunities for schools in Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed April 2013 to be Financial Literacy Month at the request of the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy®, in which DFI is a partner.

   “We encourage educators to teach all students to handle their money wisely. It’s such an important life skill for everyone to have,” said DFI Commissioner Charles Vice. “DFI makes it easier for teachers to incorporate this message into their classes by offering free curriculum materials, teacher training and speakers on request throughout the year.”

   This month DFI is focusing attention on parochial and non-public schools across the state – letting them know about the resources available through the department. Any school – public or private – is eligible to use free DFI curriculum materials in class, such as “The Basics of Saving and Investing” book, the Live “Stock” Adventure game and the Invest Yourself! Teacher Toolkit, as well as online games, videos and more. For more information, visit http://kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/teacher.aspx.

   DFI offers classroom speakers on financial topics for any age or grade. Topics include banking, saving, investing, credit, budgeting, fraud awareness and financial institution regulation. Presentations are available for community groups and other public venues as well. For more information, visit http://kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/speaker.aspx.

   DFI offers several teacher training workshops at the annual Financial Literacy Summit in June and Career and Technical Educator’s Summer Program in July, as well as train-the-trainer workshops in local communities on request.

   DFI, http://kfi.ky.gov, is an agency in the Public Protection Cabinet. For more than 100 years it has supervised the financial services industry by examining, chartering, licensing and registering various financial institutions, securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. DFI’s mission is to serve Kentucky residents and protect their financial interests by maintaining a stable financial industry, continuing effective and efficient regulatory oversight, promoting consumer confidence, and encouraging economic opportunities.




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