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A Groundswell of Support

In 2018, the Jump$tart Coalition introduced Project Groundswell, a new initiative designed to increase financial education in schools across the country through a “groundswell” of support from parents, teachers, and others.

The goals of Project Groundswell include a 25 percent increase in effective classroom-based financial education by the end of 2025—coinciding with Jump$tart’s 30th anniversary—and a commitment to keep going until personal finance is taught in every school.   A supporting goal is a 25 percent increase in professional development for teachers.

Check Your School

In 2019, Jump$tart launched Check Your School, a public-engagement campaign designed to support the goals of Project Groundswell.   The website features a searchable database where you can “check your school,” then “check at your school” and share what you know.

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Unique Elements

While advocating for financial education is nothing new to Jump$tart, Project Groundswell and Check Your School emphasize effectiveness in financial education and a role to play for everyone.

  • The campaign targets public, private, and charter schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Toolkits are tailored to parents/family members, educators and administrators, students, and Jump$tart’s own Partners and State Affiliates.
  • Schools are directed to the classroom resources and teacher training programs offered by our partners, affiliates and others, reinforcing an environment of mutual support.
  • And, the campaign promotes quality and accountability through the Essential Elements of Effective Finance Education, found on the CheckYourSchool.org site.

Tracking Progress

The National Endowment for Financial Education recently completed a sample survey of financial education in school districts across the country to establish a baseline for measuring the success of the Check Your School campaign.   Jump$tart thanks NEFE—a founding partner of the coalition—for its expertise and generosity in providing the benchmark survey as a gift in kind.

Help Us Help Schools

Jump$tart relies on generous support from organizations and individuals who share our commitment to building #aFInLitFuture for the next generation of American consumers.  Please consider supporting our work with a donation in any amount or contact Josh Sandler at 202.846.6794. Thank you!

If you have questions about Project Groundswell or the Check Your School campaign, please contact us through the CheckYourSchool.org website.