Search Resources


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies follow Federal consumer financial laws. The CFPB also educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions throughout their lives. Developing financial knowledge, skills, and habits is an important stepping stone on a young person’s path to adult financial well-being. The free tools and resources developed by the CFPB for educators and parents help them teach children the building blocks of financial capability.


  • The journey to financial well-being describes four steps to achieve adult financial well-being, while highlighting the role financial education plays in helping young people successfully navigate their way.
  • The building blocks of financial capability provide a framework and effective strategies to teach students at different development stages the skills and knowledge associated with adult financial well-being. Educators and education stakeholders can use this framework to identify financial literacy priorities, develop promising teaching techniques, and refine existing programs and resources.
  • Money As You Grow provides activities and conversation starters for parents and caregivers. No need to be a money expert—the tips and activities here are accessible to all and can help children’s money skills, habits, and attitudes grow.
  •  A curriculum review tool to help educators review and compare financial education curricula across four key dimensions, so they can select the most promising ones for their classroom.
  •  Middle and high school classroom activities: A robust search feature helps educators choose among free classroom activities to teach the building blocks of financial capability across the curriculum, designed for use in a single class period. Teachers can search more than 100 activities by grade level, topic, activity duration, and other key filters.
  • Youth Financial Capability Survey that educators can use to assess their students’ emerging financial capability and show progress over time. The results of this assessment help educators identify areas for growth as well as areas of strength, and then locate appropriate classroom activities to build financial capability.
  • review of youth financial education: Effects and evidenceThis summary of research can help education policymakers, program leaders, financial educators, and academics make evidence-informed policy, programming, and resourcing decisions about school-based financial education.
  • Youth financial education research priorities: This CFPB report lays out key unanswered research questions in youth financial education identified by a range of stakeholders.

The CFPB has tools and resources for teachers, administrators, and community leaders who help students build financial knowledge, skills, and habits. Integrating financial education throughout a child’s K–12 experience can help reach tomorrow’s consumers at pivotal points in their early financial lives. Below are links to CFPB resources currently available through the clearinghouse.

Money as You Grow Bookshelf

Research: Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability

Teaching the Building Blocks


Leslie Jones