Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators

Created for teachers, but available to everyone ― a comprehensive course to improve your own financial literacy and confidence.

Content-Based Teacher Professional Development

Building your knowledge…  benefiting your students.

As teachers across the country join the effort to improve the financial literacy of the next generation of American consumers, many are more enthusiastic than they are confident in their own financial knowledge.  That’s where Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators (J$FFE) can help.  J$FFE is a comprehensive, content-based professional development program for teachers, designed to improve teachers’ own financial knowledge and confidence – and help them make smart consumer decisions of their own – before taking that knowledge into classrooms at all grade levels.

Not a teacher? You’re still in the right place!  J$FFE Online isn’t “teacher training.” It’s a personal finance course for adult learners ― so it can be used for by just about anyone.  What’s more, it’s free. Learn more below or go straight to the online curriculum to register.

Learn Online — Now!

J$FFE Online was developed in response to growing demand for distance learning options. Registration is required, but the program is absolutely free. J$FFE Online is based on the rigorous J$FFE Model.

Professional Development Events

The J$FFE Model is licensed to qualified organizations to help them conduct in-person learning programs for teachers. Learn how to use the Model and how it benefits educators and students.

Looking for Something Else?

J$FFE Online and the J$FFE Model were developed to build educators’ own foundational knowledge of personal finance. But, if you’re looking for teaching resources, check out the Jump$tart Clearinghouse.  And don’t forget the National Educator Conference for continuing education and networking.

Thank You!

Like all Jump$tart initiatives, J$FFE is a truly collaborative endeavor.  We hope you will join us in thanking our Sustaining Partners and other generous sponsors, contributors, volunteers, and all those who help us support our nation’s financial educators.

Founding Developers

The Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators (J$FFE) Model is a collaborative endeavor initially proposed by former Jump$tart Coalition board member Ted Beck, president and CEO, of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and undertaken by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners, in response to independent and widely quoted research, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that relatively few personal finance teachers felt adequately prepared to teach the subject or use their state’s standards.

The five founding developers of the J$FFE (Council for Economic Education, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, NEFE, and the Take Charge America Institute at the University of Arizona) developed the Model with valuable insight from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Education. The Jump$tart Education Committee now serves as an advisory committee for J$FFE endeavors.