Back to school? Agencies plan webinar on financial literacy (with a section on doing so during pandemic)

Apparently expressing confidence that students will be actually returning to their schools over the next few weeks, federal bank, credit union, and consumer financial protection regulators are scheduling a webinar late this month on financial literacy.

In a release, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said they are hosting the webinar, titled “Back to School: Financial Education and Consumer Financial Protection Information Resources for Educators and Parents.” Registration for the event, the agencies said, is now open.

Reopening schools this fall in the face of the coronavirus crisis has emerged as a hot-button issue. While some school systems have already opened, and still more are planning to reopen, a number of other systems have publicly announced they will delay opening or revert to “distance learning” at least through the fall.

Nevertheless, the financial regulators said their webinar will help “educators, parents, financial institutions, and other stakeholders” to “learn about the financial literacy and consumer financial protection resources” available to them.

The agencies said the event is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET and will run for about 45 minutes. Agency staff from the CFPB, FDIC, and NCUA will address: CFPB resources to aid parents with managing finances; FDIC’s Money Smart for Young People education program; and NCUA’s financial literacy and consumer financial protection resources.

Approaches to financial literacy education during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be discussed, the agencies said.

Participants can log into the webinar and view it on their computers or mobile devices using the registration link, the agencies said; pop-ups from the website should be allowed.

Register Now for Back to School Financial Education Webinar on Aug. 27