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The Elementary School Program (ESP) operates in public, parochial and private schools in the Southwest Connecticut area. This five-session program is offered to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade and is taught by a business volunteer, retiree or parent.

Volunteers attend an orientation session conducted by Junior Achievement staff and are provided with educational materials for the class. The two primary purposes of the Elementary School Program are to teach students about their future role as citizens, consumers and workers and the importance of education as it relates to success later in life. It is a sequential program that explores these two purposes through self, family, community, city, region and, finally, nation.  Each lesson plan includes an activity so the students can understand, use and develop their natural talents.

The teacher and volunteer form a team so, while the volunteer conducts the class, the teacher is in the room to assist when necessary and to reinforce the material presented.  We encourage contact between the volunteer and the teacher so the volunteer can benefit from the teacher’s professional training in reaching the students.

ESP, like all of Junior Achievement’s programs, is funded through area business contributions and private foundations and is, therefore, offered without cost to elementary schools.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut receives requests for the Elementary School Program through the superintendent of schools and/or through individual elementary school principals.  The Elementary School Program begins once orientation is completed and the volunteer has spoken with the teacher to coordinate a schedule of class visits.

ESP Themes:

Kindergarten — JA Ourselves® introduces students to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. Hands-on activities demonstrate the role of money in society and provide practical information about earning, saving and sharing money.

First Grade — JA Our Families® emphasizes how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family.  It introduces the concept of needs and wants and looks at the ways families acquire good and services.

Second Grade — JA Our Community® describes a community and a variety of careers people have and how each job requires specific skills. It also introduces taxation, government services and voting.

Third Grade — JA Our City® studies the characteristics of cities and how people and businesses in cities manage their money.

Fourth Grade — JA Our Region® introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources and work with each other to produce goods and services in a community.

Fifth Grade — JA Our Nation® provides practical information about America’s free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for business and careers.

Third-Fifth Grades AFTER-SCHOOL — JA More than Money® meets the after-school programming needs of a diverse group of students by teaching students about earning, spending, sharing and saving money, and businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money (Six 1 hour sessions.)


    • Academic course for Kindergarten through 5th grade students
    • 5 week program
    • Topics include: Ourselves, Our Family, Our Community, Our City, Our Region, Our Nation and JA More Than Money (6 sessions)
    • Business volunteer, retiree or parent teaches 1-2 class periods per week

Junior Achievement provides orientation and materials for teachers and volunteers.


    • Actual 2015/2016: 8,200
    • Projected 2016/2017: 8,394


Stamford Darien Norwalk
Hart Magnet School Hindley School Brookside School
Julia A. Stark School Cranbury School
King Low Heywood Thomas Weston Fox Run School
KT Murphy School Intermediate School Jefferson Science Magnet School
Newfield School Kendall School
Northeast School Westport Marvin School
Our Lady Star of the Sea School Long Lots School Naramake School
Roxbury School Side by Side Charter
St. Cecilia School Silvermine School
Stillmeadow School Wolfpit School
Toquam Magnet School
Westover Magnet School



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American Express First Niagara Bank Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
AonHewitt Assoc. GE Synchrony Financial
Bank of America HSBC TD Securities
BDO JJ Good Trading Terex Corp.
Deloitte & Touche LLP KPMG The Nielson Company
Diagio Nestle Waters US Trust Company of CT
Ernst & Young Northwestern Mutual Financial Webster Bank
Factset People’s United Bank  Wells Fargo Bank
Fairfield County Savings Bank PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  Xerox

–updated August 5, 2016 —