Character First Education


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An Update from Character First Education CEO Dr. Nathan Mellor:


Thank you for your commitment to helping develop students with character. Although Character First was founded in 1992 to provide character development resources for businesses, we quickly found there was great interest in adopting a similar approach from educators. In response to the need, we launched Character First Education in 1996, as a resource for public, private, and homeschool families. Over the last 25 years, we have been privileged to provide curriculum to millions of students across the globe.

The challenges we have all encountered due to COVID-19 have forced us to reconsider our business model. Although we are heartbroken to have lost some of the members of our team through layoffs, we have adopted a plan that we hope will allow us to continue to actively pursue our purpose while providing our customers access to the CFE curriculum.

Among the most significant expenses for our customers are shipping costs. To help defray these costs, we are now offering digital versions of our curriculum on Also, we are excited to share that beginning July 1st, many of our printed materials will be made available through Amazon. For many families and schools, this option will result in reduced shipping costs, especially for those who have Prime memberships. Some items are not a viable option for Amazon, and we are currently working on alternative printing and shipping options.

We ask for your patience as we make this transition, as it will mean that most of our printed materials will not be available until July 1st. For those seeking printed materials during this time, please accept our apology. We are very sorry for this inconvenience, but this transition provides us a path forward that we hope will allow us to continue serving educators for years to come.

Thank you for making a difference. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, educators have demonstrated incredible resourcefulness and creativity in helping stay connected to your students. Your work is incredibly important, and we are honored to be of service to you.


Dr. Nathan Mellor
Strata Leadership, LLC

Elementary Character Curriculum

The Character First Elementary Curriculum offers approximately 3 hours of instructional material in an easy-to-use 7-page format.

Embark Leadership Program

Embark is a comprehensive, research-based program to develop the leadership potential of each and every student.

Engage Bullying Prevention

ENGAGE is a research-based curriculum to teach how to identify and respond to bullying. 

Character First

Character First Education exists to help teachers, administrators, and parents build future leaders with character. We offer curriculum and training that works in public and private schools, home school families, mentoring programs, summer camps, and almost any educational setting.


Top Character Traits


Doing what is right, even when I don’t feel like it.


Being truthful in what I say
and do.


Treating others with honor
and dignity.