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Grades K–12 Financial Literacy Resources

Resources for individuals interested in financial literacy for kindergarten through grade twelve students.

This electronic resource library for kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) provides links to programs that are appropriate for use in the classroom or at home as a resource for students, teachers, and parents who want to increase financial literacy. This is a partial list of the wide universe of resources available to the public. To submit a financial literacy program for consideration to be included in this electronic resource library, please contact the Professional Learning Innovations Office at PLIO@cde.ca.gov.

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Distance Learning During Novel Coronavirus

Most of the resources listed on these pages are already available digitally, or can be adapted for distance learning. The below sites also provide ongoing support for teaching History-Social Science (HSS) subjects from home, a central location for information on California’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and general California Department of Education (CDE) resources to support distance learning.

CDE Distance Learning
Aggregates guidance documents, webinars, and content-specific links to support distance learning in a variety of subjects.

CDE Social and Emotional Support in Distance Learning
Guidance and resources for educators, educational leaders, and families/guardians in K–12 schools to provide social and emotional supports during distance learning.

California’s COVID-19 Response External link opens in new window or tab.
Contains comprehensive information about California’s response, including ways to become involved.

California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) Homeschool Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
The CHSSP provides HSS resources, strategies, and ideas to consider during the COVID-19 response, including a parent guide to HSS in grades K–12 and lessons modified for learning at home.

Foundations

Content Standards

California Career Technical (CTE) Model Curriculum Standards in Business and Finance (2013) (PDF)
These standards include concepts central to entrepreneurship and business operations, such as financial decision making, career planning, and budgeting.

CTE Model Curriculum Standards in Education, Child Development, and Family Services Industry Sector (2013) (PDF)
Includes the role of the U.S. economic system on personal finances, emphasizing personal financial management skills that would support a variety of life pathways.

California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy (PDF)
Instructional standards that stress critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. Spanish translations are available on the Common Core en Español web site External link opens in new window or tab..

California CCSS for Mathematics (PDF)
Standards that concentrate on a clear set of math skills and concepts, spread out over multiple domains related to financial literacy, such as measurement and data, and ratios and proportional relationships. Spanish translations are available on the Common Core en Español web site External link opens in new window or tab..

History-Social Science (HSS) Content Standards (1998) (PDF)
California high school students are required to take one semester of economics to graduate. The content standards for grade twelve economics include topics that support financial literacy knowledge, such as cost-benefit analyses, the functions of financial markets, taxes, and labor policies.

Frameworks

HSS Framework (2016)
References financial literacy, including considerations for an elective grade nine financial literacy course (PDF) that districts can choose to offer students.

Mathematics Framework, Appendix A: Financial Literacy and Mathematics Education (PDF)
Offers instructional planning with strategies that support students in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) in learning key financial literacy concepts for career and college success.

National Standards and Frameworks

Council for Economic Education

National Standards for Financial Literacy K–12 External link opens in new window or tab.
General standards that break financial literacy up into six major topics: earning income; buying goods and services; saving; using credit; investing; protecting and insuring.

Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics External link opens in new window or tab.
Standards designed primarily for curriculum developers. They include the 20 most important and enduring ideas, concepts, and issues, as well as benchmarks for financial literacy education.

Jump$tart

National Standards in K–12 Personal Finance Education External link opens in new window or tab.
These 2015 standards delineate financial literacy knowledge and skills for grades K–12, focusing on six topics: spending and saving; credit and debt; employment and income; investing; risk management and insurance; and financial decision making.

National Financial Educators Council (NFEC)

The NFEC provides resources for individuals and groups seeking to create their own personal finance courses. These resources are especially useful for financial literacy educators seeking to improve their own familiarity with the subject matter.

Financial Coaching Standards External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Benchmarks, evaluation criteria, common language, tools, and other resources to support financial coaches, counselors, and educators providing high-quality, ethical financial literacy support.

Framework for Teaching Personal Finance External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Provides an overarching framework to guide a general financial literacy course. It focuses on four domains: planning and preparation; classroom environment; instruction; and professional responsibilities.

Personal Finance Educational Methodologies External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Guidebook that helps educators design financial literacy courses by providing suggested lesson formats, strategies, assessments, scaffolding tips, and other recommendations.

Research and Reports

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) External link opens in new window or tab.
The PISA measures fifteen-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years. The assessment includes a section on financial literacy.

A Review of Youth Financial Education: Effects and Evidence External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This 2019 report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides an overview of evidence useful in guiding efforts to provide effective financial education.

Glossaries

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Financial Terms Glossary External link opens in new window or tab.
Contains terms educators may find useful when teaching financial literacy.

Federal Housing Administration Loan and Mortgage Glossary External link opens in new window or tab.
Definitions for terms commonly found in mortgage and home financing circles.

Veterans Affairs Mortgage Center External link opens in new window or tab.
Extensive glossary of lending and financial terms.

Curriculum Support

Financial Literacy Education Organizations

The below organizations have it all: lesson plans, curricula programs, student contests, professional development, research, and more. These resources span kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12), and many provide customizable support.

California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) External link opens in new window or tab.
Founded as part of the California State University Foundation to provide economics and financial literacy training, the CCEE works with California teachers to support K–12 financial literacy education. They provide comprehensive economic and financial literacy resources for teachers and students, including lesson plans, student contests, and curricula programs.

EconEdLink External link opens in new window or tab.
Free classroom resources, family resources, and professional development, including a searchable database of resources External link opens in new window or tab..

Jump$tart External link opens in new window or tab.
This national nonprofit coalition consists of more than 100 organizations that share a commitment to “financial smarts for students” by providing resources and training to support financial literacy education. Their clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab. is a database of personal finance resources available from a variety of education providers such as government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Check out Jump$tart CA External link opens in new window or tab. for resources geared specifically towards California educators, students, and families.

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) External link opens in new window or tab.
NGPF provides a wide variety of up-to-date resources for teachers, students, and families. Resources include games (for both students and instructors), free curriculum units customizable by course length (for both middle and high school), case studies, Questions of the Day External link opens in new window or tab., a video library, blog, and podcast.

Curricula for Kindergarten through Grade Twelve

California CareerZone External link opens in new window or tab.
Includes an online budgeting exercise called “Make Money Choices” that enables students to build a budget that supports the lifestyle they would like to achieve as adults, and then links those budget choices to occupational and educational options.

Consumer.gov External link opens in new window or tab.
This website provides consumer protection basics to help everyone manage and use money wisely, use credit and loans carefully, and protect identities. Their Toolbox External link opens in new window or tab. is a public education website of the Federal Trade Commission, which offers resources focused on educating high school students and adults about managing income, credit, loans, debt and scams and identity theft.

Daily Dose of Econ External link opens in new window or tab.
This California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) resource helps support online instruction through daily, relevant topic exploration. Each segment is focused on a key economic principle, includes a key question, and links to resources to help teach and explain this basic concept.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Learning Bank External link opens in new window or tab.
Explains the history of the FDIC, how banks operate, and deposit insurance for consumers.

Financial Beginnings External link opens in new window or tab.
General financial literacy resources for teachers, students, and other stakeholders, including guides for both educators and participants, as well as ready-made presentations, activities, in-class materials, and Spanish versions of most curricula.

FoolProof Academy External link opens in new window or tab.
Free, online curriculum for middle and high school students and teaches financial literacy critical thinking skills. The curriculum includes group activities and individual assignments for time-saving classroom implementation.

High School Financial Planning Program Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab.
Designed primarily for in-person use, this curriculum includes a student manual, an instructor’s guide, and other resources to support financial literacy education. They also provide modules geared towards student use inside and out of the classroom.

Illustrative Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides several free curricular resources to support Common Core-related skills and activities in mathematics and financial literacy, including setting goals, delayed gratification, and saving money.

Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School External link opens in new window or tab.
Offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco External link opens in new window or tab., this program includes interactive lessons for students in grades nine through twelve, will develop personal finance knowledge and skills to implement a career and/or education path after high school.

$ave USA External link opens in new window or tab.
Interactive lessons that focus on insurance and risk, helping students understand risk, insurance terms, and what kind of insurance is most beneficial.

Knowledge@Wharton High School External link opens in new window or tab.
Video glossary, articles, and other resources to support high school teachers, students, and families in deepening their understanding of financial literacy.

Money As You Learn External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides tools to help educators integrate personal finance into teaching the Common Core. Search for aligned texts, lessons, and tasks that connect the Common Core to real life applications that also emphasize financial literacy skills. Includes resources for both Mathematics and English.

Money Counts: Young Adults and Financial Literacy External link opens in new window or tab. is National Public Radio’s External link opens in new window or tab. central location for stories, podcasts, and other resources to support teaching financial literacy through current events and commentary.

Money Math: Lessons for Life External link opens in new window or tab.
This four-lesson curriculum supplement is designed for students in grades seven through nine to learn math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. The downloadable book features a teacher’s guide with lesson plans and student reproducible activity pages.

Money Smart for Young People External link opens in new window or tab.
Pre-kindergarten through twelve curricula from the FDIC that includes an educator guide and student guide for grades three through twelve, PowerPoint slides, and a parent/caregiver guide with activities to support classroom learning at home. The Teacher Online Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. includes videos, articles and links to useful websites. The Youth Banking Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. offers updated financial literacy learning, while the Youth Employment Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. offers tools to connect financial education to workforce programs.

Money Talks for Teens External link opens in new window or tab.
This University of California resource, available in both English and Spanish, helps teens to become more fiscally responsible. Topics include appropriate banking and saving practices, proper credit use, and employment tips.

MoneyWi$e External link opens in new window or tab.
This program is the product of a national financial literacy partnership of Consumer Action and Capital One. It combines free, multilingual financial education materials, curricula, and teaching aids with regional meetings and roundtables to train community-based organization staff so that consumers at all income levels and walks of life can be reached.

Smart About Money External link opens in new window or tab.
This program provides free customizable online courses, tools, articles, frequently asked questions, values quizzes, and other resources to help people improve financial literacy knowledge and skills.

Stock Market Game External link opens in new window or tab.
Gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an online portfolio. The program optionally culminates in the InvestWrite External link opens in new window or tab. challenge, a national essay competition.

The U.S. Courts External link opens in new window or tab.
The Federal Court system offers financial literacy activities for students in high school, college, vocational programs, and early-career jobs. Designed for judges and lawyers to use with students in the courtroom or classroom, each lesson guides students in understanding the facts surrounding bankruptcy and making wise financial choices.

Student Challenges and Competitions

California Finance Challenge External link opens in new window or tab.
Part of the National Personal Finance Challenge External link opens in new window or tab., this is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by connecting with other students from across each state in an online competition.

Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) External link opens in new window or tab.
The CHC matches Members of Congress with middle or high school students, teachers, and schools to participate in a personal finance and economics competition. CHC features the Stock Market Game™ Program, in which student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, impact investments and cash.

National Economic Challenge (NEC) External link opens in new window or tab.
The NEC tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy. Teams of three-to-four high school students compete on a state level, and then can proceed to a national competition.

Students and Families

The below resources support financial literacy education efforts outside of the classroom.

Apps and Games

Bite of Reality External link opens in new window or tab.
Simulates the financial realities of the cost of housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. Teens will experience financial decisions that give them a better understanding of preparing and living on a budget.

Celebrity Calamity External link opens in new window or tab.
This app is popular with kids, who have to balance budgets for celebrities with expensive tastes.

Financial Literacy Information and Tools

California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Financial Education Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The DBO provides a variety of interactive learning experiences on topics such as money basics, paying for college, paying off debt and buying a home. The DBO also coordinates the California Financial Literacy Portal (CAFLP) External link opens in new window or tab., which provides resources regarding savings, money management, credit, investments, consumer privacy protection, identity theft, scams and fraud.

Consumer.gov External link opens in new window or tab.
Users will find information on consumer protection basics to help everyone manage and use money wisely, use credit and loans carefully, and protect identities.

Credit.org External link opens in new window or tab.
This site provides courses on budgeting, credit, and identity theft prevention. The courses offer pre- and post-tests, videos, and other resources in improving personal financial literacy, including an eBook library with educational material available for free download.

EverFi Distance Learning Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
EverFi’s digital lessons are free for school districts and educators to use, and they are currently providing students direct free access as well. Resources include more than one hundred interactive, self-paced financial literacy lessons that incorporate character development, mental wellness, financial readiness, and career exploration.

Jump$tart Income and Expense Calculator External link opens in new window or tab.
This tool is useful when exploring cost-of-living and budgeting skills.

Money as You Grow: Help for Parents and Caregivers External link opens in new window or tab.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides these tools to help parents, families, and caregivers understand and talk about the basics of financial literacy. Resources include a tracking tool for children’s age-appropriate money milestones, guidelines for talking to children about money, and recommended books to help families practice financial literacy skills.

Money Counts: Young Adults and Financial Literacy External link opens in new window or tab.
This National Public Radio (NPR) page is a central location to find NPR’s news stories, podcasts, and other resources that focus on financial literacy issues for young people.

MyMoney.gov External link opens in new window or tab.
This federal government site provides basic financial education information, including buying homes, balancing budgets, and planning for retirement.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) External link opens in new window or tab.
NEFE offers a variety of financial literacy self-help resources for use at home and in the community. Their Money Basics External link opens in new window or tab. online course is geared towards adult learners, while their CashCourse.org External link opens in new window or tab. is primarily meant for young adult learners. They also offer a life values quiz, interactive calculators, and financial decision aids and worksheets.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources for learning about privacy rights, including background checks, credit reports, debt collection, and identity theft.

Podcasts

Planet Money External link opens in new window or tab.
This National Public Radio (NPR) podcast series uses storytelling to break down the economics and financial literacy concepts that form the basis of current issues in our society in a way that is engaging and informative.

Professional Learning

The below organizations provide training and support for financial literacy educators. Many programs offer certifications or micro-credentials. Please keep in mind that some of these certifications have associate fees, some of which can be off-set by grants. Many certifications also offer an opportunity to purchase Continuing Education Units.

Certified Personal & Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) External link opens in new window or tab.
The CPFFE Program, offered by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, is assessment-based and consistent with the U.S. Department of Treasury Financial Education Core Competencies and National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education created by the Jump$tart Coalition.

California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) Teacher Webinars External link opens in new window or tab.
The CCEE often offers teacher webinars on integrating financial literacy and economics into the classroom.

Council on Economics Professional Development External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Council on Economics offers training through EconEdLink External link opens in new window or tab.. They provide live webinars, on-demand webinars, and local professional development options.

Institute for Financial Literacy Annual Conference on Financial Education External link opens in new window or tab.
This conference is a showcase for financial literacy strategies, tips, techniques, and resources attended by representatives from credit unions, banks, kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) education, social services, debt management, government, and military.

Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators (J$FFE) External link opens in new window or tab.
The J$FFE is a model that arose out of a collaborative initiative to standardize teacher training in personal finance. J$FFE was designed to ensure consistency and rigor in national teacher training programs. The model is free, complements many existing training programs, is suitable for teachers in grades K–12, and includes customization options.

Jump$tart National Educator Conference (NEC) External link opens in new window or tab.
The Jump$tart NEC offers professional development for teachers of grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve who want to incorporate financial literacy into the curriculum. For teachers, it is an all-scholarship event, offering tools and information they can use in their classrooms as soon as they return to school.

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides a variety of training options for educators. Teachers can earn free NGPF certification External link opens in new window or tab., participate in online professional development, access a toolkit, and sign up for Fincamps.

W!se Personal Financial Certification for Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
Program aims to help high school students graduate as financially capable young adults. Participating high schools teach a course or unit on personal finance and then administer a national, standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test.
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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 28, 2020
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