Economic and financial literacy is a skill necessary to function - it's real life. It's about workforce readiness - finding a job - planning a budget - performance - making informed choices - and building a future. The development of economic literacy must begin in the schools. Even young children are capable of learning basic economic concepts that help them understand their world. In the secondary years, that initial foundation can be expanded to include instruction and experiences in a broader set of economic ideas and concepts. ACEE serves K-12 students by providing training in financial literacy and economic education to teachers throughout Alabama. This training is reinforced by academic competitions that encourage student learning.