main menu page title feature menus content footer
My Florida C F O

CFO's Initiatives

Stay Connected

Follow the
Department of
Financial Services

Sign up for the CFO's

Press Release

News   RSS RSS   Press Office   Archive

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Financial Education Must Start Early


For Immediate Release: Friday, September 14, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta 850.413.2842, 

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Financial Education Must Start Early
-New Financial Education Program C.L.I.M.B Launched-

Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis launched C.L.I.M.B., Children Learning the Importance of Money Basics, a new financial literacy program for youth ages 10 and under.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “A majority of teachers believe that financial education should start in elementary school and this program helps make that possible. As a community, we have a responsibility to teach our kids about finances as early as possible. Knowing the basics of money and how it works will have lasting, positive impacts on their life.”
The program is specifically tailored to children ages 10 and under. C.L.I.M.B. follows its main character Sammie, the Saving Scottie, through a series of animated videos and books as he learns and teaches children the basics of money management. C.L.I.M.B. presents topics such as saving, budgeting and financial decision-making, in a fun, engaging way that will resonate with young children. Sammie shares tips on why being responsible with your money matters.
The program features three complementary books to accompany the program’s animated videos that are available for download and ordering. An activity book and coloring pages are also available to assist in starting the conversation about money basics.
To learn more about Sammie and C.L.I.M.B. or to request books for the children in your life, please visit or call 1-877-693-5236.

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).