In May 1964, NCFR President Blaine Porter established the Special Committee on Family Life Education to explore opportunities for promoting family life education.
At its October 1964 meeting, the executive committee set up the Standing Committee on Standards and Certification in Family Life Education. This committee, chaired by Elizabeth Force, would focus on the efforts of various states to achieve certification of family life educators.
Two decades later the groundwork begun by this committee came to fruition when NCFR designated the first Certified Family Life Educators. Today, more than 1,500 CFLEs maintain their certification through NCFR.