A series of eight monthly newsletters have been created and reviewed by UW-Extension Family Living 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 recommended 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.
- Participants could choose to receive the newsletters via a monthly e-mail from the UW-Extension office.
- UW-Extension staff who would like customizable newsletters may contact Peggy Olive or Carol Bralich for more information.
Newsletters Year 1
Issue 1 Goals / in Spanish
Issue 2 Spending / in Spanish
Issue 3 Taxes / in Spanish
Issue 4 Savings / in Spanish
Issue 5 Keeping Your Money Safe / in Spanish
Issue 6 Using Credit Wisely / in Spanish
Issue 7 Debt / in Spanish
Issue 8 Organizing Your Finances / 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
Issue F Paying for Health Care
If you’re not using the pre and post financial surveys, here’s a one-page Newsletter Questionnaire that you can use to assess the effectiveness of the newsletter series. (Please note: this one-page questionnaire is included in the follow-up survey, so is not needed if you plan to use the follow-up survey.) Here is the same one-page newsletter Questionnaire in Spanish.
Here is what our readers have to say about this newsletter series.