Sixteen monthly newsletters have been created and reviewed by UW Extension Educators based on evaluations and feedback from previous Head Start financial literacy project participants. Newsletter issues 1-8 are sequential, so that each topic builds on the information in the previous topic.
Because many families are enrolled in Head Start for more than one year, we have created a second set of newsletters on topics requested by Head Start staff and families. Newsletter issues A-H can be used in alternate years to introduce different topics and reduce redundancy.
Households typically receive one newsletter per month during the school year, although families enrolling in Head Start later in fall may need to receive newsletters 3 weeks apart in order to receive the entire series before the school year ends.
Depending on local resources and preferences of Head Start participants and staff, newsletters could be distributed in a variety of ways:
- Direct mail the newsletters to families in the project using contact information gathered in the baseline survey.
- Head Start staff could send newsletters home with children or deliver newsletters during home visits.
- Organizations could choose to email or post the newsletters online for participants to refer to.
- UW-Extension staff who would like customizable newsletters may contact Peggy Olive for more information.
Newsletters Year 1
Issue 1 Goals / in Spanish
Issue 2 Spending / in Spanish
Issue 3 Taxes / in Spanish
Issue 4 Saving / in Spanish
Issue 5 Keeping Your Money Safe / in Spanish
Issue 6 Using Credit Wisely / in Spanish
Issue 7 Dealing with Debt / in Spanish
Issue 8 Organizing Your Finances / in Spanish
One-Page Questionnaire Series 1 / in Spanish
Newsletters Year 2
Issue A Saving for College / in Spanish
Issue B Children and Money / in Spanish
Issue C Mobile Banking / in Spanish
Issue D Health Insurance / in Spanish
Issue E When You Need Money / in Spanish
Issue F Paying for Health Care / in Spanish
Issue G Rebuilding Your Credit / in Spanish
Issue H Money and Relationships / in Spanish
One-Page Questionnaire Series 2 / in Spanish
In addition to the pre- and post-financial surveys, we encourage you to use the one-page newsletter questionnaires that are posted above. Year 1 and Year 2 have slightly different surveys to reflect the topics covered in each newsletter series.
Here is what our readers have to say about this newsletter series.