What Is Check Your School?
Check Your School is a public-engagement campaign designed to support the goals of Jump$tart’s Project Groundswell: to increase and improve financial education in our nation’s classrooms. Through the Check Your School campaign and this website, we hope to harness the “power of parents” to start the conversation about the importance of financial literacy and the need for financial education at their own kids’ schools. But you don’t need to be a parent to help. Grandparents, guardians, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends, and even students themselves have a role to play—and we have a toolkit to help you do it.
The principal goal of Project Groundswell is to increase effective financial education in our nation’s classrooms 25 percent by the end of 2025, to coincide with Jump$tart’s 30th anniversary. That includes public, private, and charter schools across the country, in every grade from kindergarten through senior year. A supporting goal is a 25 percent increase in corresponding professional development for teachers. In setting these specific goals, Jump$tart also renewed its commitment to keep working until financial education is available to every student at every school in the U.S. Jump$tart Sustaining Partner, the National Endowment for Financial Education, is completing a study to establish the baseline against which progress will be benchmarked.
A Coalition-Wide Effort
The Check Your School campaign is led by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its national partners, affiliated state coalitions, network of talented educators, and all advocates for #aFinLitFuture. The campaign is designed to complement other efforts to advance financial literacy. Utilizing our grid of essential elements, Check Your School will promote quality and effectiveness in classroom-based financial education without prescribing a single curriculum or program—enabling teachers to use the wide array of excellent resources currently available from Jump$tart Coalition partners and a variety of other providers.
To learn more about the national Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, visit the coalition’s website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.