By Leslie Jones, Youth Financial Education Analyst, CFPB
Who We Are
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently updated their youth financial education website with activities for grades K-12. There are over 250 free, easy-to-use financial literacy activities designed to support students along their journey to financial well-being. There are activities for all school subjects and they come with step-by-step teacher guides and student materials, so you don’t have to be a financial expert to use them. The activities can be done electronically – no printing necessary. The CFPB’s youth financial education resources are based on the building blocks of financial capability, a research-based framework to teach students at different developmental stages the skills and knowledge associated with adult financial well-being. The activities will make it easier for you to incorporate financial education into your instructional time.
What We Offer
- A searchable database of over 250 stand-alone activities — on topics such as giving to others and paying for college — that can be adapted and used by teachers of any subject.
- 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 provide a framework and effective strategies to teach students at different developmental stages the skills and knowledge associated with adult financial well-being. You can use this framework to identify financial literacy priorities, develop promising teaching techniques, and refine existing programs and resources.
- Money as You Grow – Activities and conversation starters for parents and caregivers. There is no need to be a money expert—the tips and activities here can help children’s money skills, habits, and attitudes grow.
- Money as You Grow Bookshelf – A set of parent guides that when paired with reading the book can allow a parent to build on the time they may already be spending on reading with their child. This helps parents and caregivers bring money topics to life through storytime.
- A Review of youth financial education: Effects and evidence This literature review can help education policymakers, program leaders, financial educators, and academic researchers make evidence-informed policy, programming, and resourcing decisions about school-based financial education.
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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 to reach tomorrow’s consumers at pivotal points in their early financial lives.
- The addition of 16 financial education activities to our searchable database.
- A new Money Monsters stories chapter book for upper elementary and middle school students. The Money Monsters are a group of creatures who are new to our universe and are learning ideas, habits, and activities that they will need as they grow up and start to manage their own money.
- Money Monster sticker page addition to our free printed resources for youth financial education such as story books, posters and bookmarks.
Connect With CFPB
- Subscribe to our newsletter on the Youth Financial Education webpage for more information.
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Attention teachers! Check out @CFPB new classroom activities for all grades K-12 and our Money Monsters to help your students develop financial literacy.
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