10/21/2016 - AAFCS



The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only professional association that provides leadership and support to family and consumer sciences students and professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas.  AAFCS members assist individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of lifeFor  more  than  100  years,  AAFCS  members  have  been  working  to  improve  the  quality and  standards  of  individual  and  family  life  by  delivering  educational  programs,  influencing public  policy,  and  conducting  research.   

Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) Credential
The Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) credential is the ultimate validation of quality assurance and professional stature for those involved in providing personal finance education to America’s youth and adults.  Regardless of area of training of the educator (family and consumer sciences, social studies, economics, mathematics, etc.), the CPFFE credential establishes the credibility and competence necessary to teach personal finance content that is consistent with the United States Department of Treasury Financial Education Core Competencies and the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education developed by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.  Learn more about the professional certification at http://www.aafcs.org/CredentialingCenter/CPFFE.asp
Pre-Professional Assessment & Certification (Pre-PAC) Program
The Pre-PAC Program offers a Personal and Family Finance national assessment and corresponding industry certification that is a reliable tool to validate student or paraprofessional employee competency and to measure the effectiveness of personal finance education programs.  The Pre-PAC Personal and Family Finance assessment is designed for use with (a) secondary and lower-division postsecondary students and programs and (b) paraprofessionals working in community-based programs and early employment positions.  The assessment is aligned with the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.  Learn more information regarding the Pre-PAC at http://www.aafcs.org/CredentialingCenter/finance.asp
Professional Development
Whether you are looking for a regional or national conference that includes programming addressing financial education or you are interested in 24/7 online learning, the AAFCS Professional Development Center has the resources you need!  Click here to access a list of webinars specifically focused on aspects of personal finance!  You can also access our Professional Development Center, which has additional webinar opportunities to enhance your skills and increase your knowledge about the emerging issues that are affecting individuals, families, and communities today. 
What’s our favorite equation? One that makes financial sense! Joining AAFCS + Applying for Certification = Savings for YOU! AAFCS Members receive $100 off of the certification fee. AAFCS members come from multiple practice settings, but they all provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life, including personal and family finance and consumer issues. Let us help you grow and accomplish more!

AAFCS is committed to (1) connecting professionals to professional development opportunities and resources and to a network of peers to share best practices and strategies; (2) ensuring high-quality personal and family finance educators and effective financial literacy educational programs; and (3) partnering with other organizations and entities. Please contact us if you are interested in:
  • Earning the CPFFE credential or offering the PFFE exam at your next conference;
  • Evaluating financial literacy programs with the use of Pre-PAC;
  • Presenting or sponsoring a webinar on a relevant financial literacy topic;
  • Collaborating on a financial literacy project or activity; or
  • Sharing your resources as an exhibitor or sponsor for the 2017 Annual Conference.


AAFCS will host its 108th Annual Conference & Expo, June 25-28, 2017, in Dallas, TX, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.  The conference, “Financial Fitne$$:  Trends, Innovations, and Impacts,” will bring together family and consumer sciences and allied professionals to share current research and resources on:
  • Building Youth Financial Capability
  • Financial Security Across the Lifespan
  • Financial Aspects of Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
  • Interpersonal Relationships and Personal Finance
  • Family Resource Management
  • Digital Tools and Technology for Financial Success
For more information about the conference, visit http://www.aafcs.org/meetings/17/.


Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS
Chief Executive Officer
Lori A. Myers, PhD, CFCS
Senior Director
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