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Family and Consumer Sciences

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for careers working with individuals and families as well as being productive members of their own family, community and workplace. Family and Consumer Sciences education prepares individuals for life.

New Hampshire Family and Consumer Sciences Education is centered around six areas as identified in the New Hampshire Guidelines for Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Developmentally appropriate coursework integrating academic and career/workplace skills to prepare students to successfully manage individual, family and work roles in the following areas:

  • Career, Community and Family Relations
  • Foods, Nutrition and Wellness
  • Human Development, Early Childhood and Parenting
  • Consumer and Resource Management
  • Housing and Textiles
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Facilities Management

Middle School

Foundations of Work and Family provides the foundation for students to begin their journey towards becoming independent, productive citizens. The middle school program addresses the following essential units of study: Career Exploration, Consumer and Resource Management, Foods and Nutrition, Human Growth and Development and Interpersonal Relationships.

High School

New Hampshire FCS Education offers courses, such as Child Development and Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, that provide the opportunity to specialize in one area or as in the case of Adult Roles and Responsibilities combines important aspects from 2 or more areas. The Adult Roles class also provides the foundation for career workplace skills.

Career and Technical

These programs provide opportunities to work towards FCS related careers in areas such as Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Services. These programs offer students school-based and work-based learning as a way to more deeply prepare for their personal and professional lives.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

This is the recognized student organization for FCS Education programs. It is the mechanism for mastering Family and Consumer Sciences competencies through leadership, citizenship and skill development. Members have many opportunities to enhance these skills through character development, service learning, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. These students have opportunities to use these skills in the classroom and during local chapter meetings and state and national leadership conferences.


Family and Consumer Sciences and Career Clusters

Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America

Professional Organizations

Family and Consumer Sciences Course Descriptions Acrobat Reader - Updated April 2009 Generic descriptions of the current programs/courses being offered and suggested course content

Career Planning Grids

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