Search Resources

Who We Are

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations; by making rules more effective; by consistently enforcing federal consumer financial law; and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.

The CFPB recently updated their youth financial education website with activities for grades K-12. There are over 200 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 at home or in the classroom, and most 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

  • searchable database of over 200 stand-alone activities — on topics such as setting savings goals and comparison shopping — 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 development 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.


What’s New

  • The addition of 60 Elementary financial education activities to our searchable database.
  • The Money Monsters stories The Money Monsters are a group of creatures who are new to our universe. These Money Monster stories introduce children to ideas, habits, and activities that they will need as they grow up and start to manage their own money.
  • video series to help educators learn about the CFPB building blocks of youth financial education and how to implement financial education into the classroom.
  • Student self-assessments to help educators measure your student’s development of the three building blocks of youth financial capability.
  • Additions to our free printed resources for youth financial education such as story booklets, posters and bookmarks.


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. Below are links to CFPB resources currently available through the clearinghouse.


Contact CFPB

  • Follow on Twitter for the latest tweets from the CFPB

Tweet this:
Attention teachers! Check out @CFPB new classroom activities for all grades K-12, our Money Monsters and student self-assessment and help your students develop financial literacy.

Leslie Jones