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Monday, August 17, 2015

Jump$tart Washington: Kick Off the School Year With Financial Education

Are you a financial educator? Do you teach youth? If so, you won't want to miss this event! Jump$tart Washington is hosting a train the trainer day in Seattle on August 25th for youth financial educators. With new legislation being passed, financial education must be integrated into existing state learning standards, which can sound like a lot of extra work. Speakers from the Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP), the CFPB and the FDIC will show educators how easy that can be.
The event will be held in Seattle at the beautiful Talaris Conference Center. Admission is free thanks to our generous sponsor the FDIC, breakfast and lunch will be provided. The event is next week and there are only a certain amount of tickets left, get yours before they are gone!
We hope you will join us for a day focused on creating a brighter and more financially educated tomorrow for future generations.

What: Jump$tart Washington: Kick Off the School Year With Financial Education
           Let the experts show you how to integrate financial education into your existing
When: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
            10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Where: Talaris Conference Center
            4000 Northeast 41st Street
            Seattle, WA 98105
Price: Free!
If you have questions, please contact interim Jump$tart Washington Coalition President Lyn Peters at or 360-902-8731.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Recap: Budgeting Night at Olympia’s Hands on Children’s Museum

This past Friday, DFI participated in Olympia’s Hands on Children’s Museum free Friday night with a budgeting for your bank activity.

Nearly 200 kids developed a budget that allowed them to “buy” one of three piggy banks and decorate it as they see fit.
Kids were given $10 play money and worked closely with their parents and DFI volunteers to develop their budgets.

Children with money left over for savings were given a special prize.

The activity was a hit, with several parents commenting that their children learned a real life skill.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Free Financial Education Event for Kids this Friday Evening in Olympia

This Friday, August 7, DFI is sponsoring a Budgeting for Your Bank Event at the Hands on Children’s Museum Free Friday Night in Olympia.

Each child will get an “Income” envelope with $10 of play money and a budgeting worksheet. The budgeting worksheet will show piggy bank and decorative sticker options to purchase for different prices and quantities. The kids are then tasked with budgeting their money, with the help of parents and DFI staff, in order to buy their favorite piggy bank and stickers. There is also a special prize for those who save a portion of their income.

It will be a fun, free and educational event for all ages.
What: Budgeting for Your Bank Event

When: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Hands on Children’s Museum
414 Jefferson St NE
Olympia, WA 98501 

More information:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Video: Understanding Capital in Small Businesses

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has produced a short video that illustrates how capital works in small business.

The video was produced with support from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the Community Bankers of Washington.

Check it out.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Resource of the Week – Money Games for Kids

With summer vacation starting for many kids, now is a good time to use some of their free time to teach them about money.

There are many free games online that can help you teach kids the basics of personal finance. Below are a few designed for kids 5-12.

Dollar a Glass Lemonade Stand
Run a lemonade stand while learning about supply, demand, profit, costs, and more.

Peter’s Pig Money Calculators
Different challenges to help kids recognize coin currency. Sort coins into the correct jars, count coins, and more.

Financial Football
Test your financial knowledge on the gridiron. Play against the computer or against your friends. Go Hawks!

Farm Blitz
Build a farm and watch your crops grow. Be careful not to get yourself into too much debt though.

Dollar Dive
Fun game from the US Mint that helps kids recognize currency and values.  Catch coins underwater so you can buy sails for your boat and escape the sea monster.