Established in 2009 by the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), The Connecticut Money School (CMS) is a program that recruits, trains, and assigns staff and volunteers to provide financial education workshops and financial coaching services for economically disadvantaged individuals and families across the state. We operate through partnerships with community-based organizations providing curriculum and resources tailored to the needs of the populations served by our partners – including parents & children, couples, unemployed, disabled, military, minorities, college students, seniors & retirees, young adults, and teens.
CMS is a “school without walls” that provides hundreds of financial education workshops and individualized financial coaching sessions for low-to-moderate income individuals and families across Connecticut.
Adult Financial Education
We believe that everyone can benefit from financial education. Our staff and volunteers provide a range of workshops in the community to raise financial literacy and to teach specific financial skills. Our workshops change periodically to target different audiences and address needs as they develop within the community. Learn More.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $54,000 a year. IRS-trained volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns, and screen customers for special tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit (Saver’s Credit), that can help them to make ends meet. Visiting a VITA site instead of a paid tax preparer saves each filer an average of $200. Taxes can be filed electronically, in which case refunds are received within 7-10 days. Learn More.
One-on-One Financial Coaching
We also offer private and confidential one-on-one financial counseling sessions with trained financial coaches. They will look over your unique situation and together you will create a personalized action plan to meet your financial goals. Learn More.
Youth Financial Education
The Youth Money School (YMS) offers free financial education for teens and young adults. Our program teaches young people the skills to manage money, including workshops on budgeting, credit, banking, and paying for college. Learn More.
CAHS believes that every community organization should be prepared to provide financial empowerment resources for your clients and program participants. Librarians, social service staff, case managers, and other staff who work with low-to-moderate income individuals and families find great benefits in CMS Staff Development workshops. Learn More
Family Economic Success Programs
CAHS has worked for over 15 years to boost the financial stability of low-to-moderate income (LMI) households in Connecticut. In addition to CMS, CAHS’ suite of Family Economic Success programs EBO (Earned Benefits Online) and CAB (Connecticut Asset Builders). Learn More.