Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators® (J$FFE) is a collaborative endeavor designed to standardize professional development in personal finance for teachers through a common model.

The J$FFE Model, which was designed to ensure consistency and rigor in national teacher training programs, is administered by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners and affiliates.

The J$FFE Model

  • Is licensed, at no cost, to qualified users.
  • Helps local organizations conduct professional development programs for teachers in their area.
  • Focuses on teachers as adult learners and as consumers.
  • Complements many existing teacher training programs and conference events.
  • Is suitable for teachers at any grade level, regardless of the subject into which the teacher incorporates financial education.
  • Promotes both consistency and customization.


Contact Foundations@jumpstart.org for more information.

Founding Developers

The Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators (J$FFE) Model is a collaborative endeavor initially proposed by former Jump$tart Coalition board chair Ted Beck, when he was president and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), and undertaken by the Jump$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 collaborators (Council for Economic Education, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, NEFE, and the Take Charge America Institute at the University of Arizona) developed the J$FFE Model with valuable insight from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Education. Jump$tart’s Education Committee now serves as an advisory committee for this initiative.