Young children can learn about sharing, saving and smart spending through a new online learning center created by PNC Bank and Sesame Street.
The web site offers audio and video clips, games, activities and financial “tips” for youngsters from Sesame Street’s For Me, for You, for Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, & Saving, created for PNC as part of a continuing partnership.
The instruction is featured in ‘S’ is for Savings, PNC’s new interactive savings account for kids. The account can be easily opened at any PNC branch, through its call center, or online with a $25 opening balance.
“Research shows that most parents feel ill-prepared to discuss financial matters with their children,” said Todd Barnhart, PNC senior vice president, director, deposit products. “Our online learning center and savings account for kids help make it easy and fun to learn the basics of good financial habits for life.”
The online experience, designed and created by the same PNC team that developed Virtual Wallet, includes animation, sound effects and interactive fun.
Children can easily see how much they have and literally drag and drop their money into jars which represent how they want to divide their money.
Parents or caregivers can also make use of PNC’s “auto save” feature to provide a weekly “allowance” by transferring money from their own account.
The site also provides opportunities for children to explore concepts like needs versus wants, waiting, helping, earning, value and choices via audio, downloadable activities, video clips and tips from everyone’s favorite furry little monster, Elmo. The site screens can even be personalized with the child’s name and a special birthday surprise.
PNC’s financial literacy for young children expands the early education reach of PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. You can visit: http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com/