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Family & Consumer Science

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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

The Family and Consumer Science Middle School Curriculum supports 21st Century learning and prepares students for family, work, and community life by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for our diverse global society. This is achieved through critical and creative thinking which promotes problem solving in real life situations.

The study of Family and Consumer Science integrates progressive education through project based learning. Middle School Family and Consumer Science offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary program providing authentic learning experiences in the following five core areas of study:

  • Career Exploration
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Child Care and Development
  • Relationships
  • Consumerism and Financial Literacy

Depending on the hours designated for each program the content areas will vary in breadth and depth.

High School

High Schools in New Hampshire offering classes in Family and Consumer Science provide a solid foundation of coursework, community projects, and student organizations where students can develop leadership, life and communications skills needed to become responsible citizens and leaders in their community, family, and work settings.

The sequence of courses that encourage students to build a depth of understanding and ability in an area of study are:

  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Early Child Development and Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Textile Apparel and Fashion
  • Consumer Economics

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.


For more information regarding specific Family and Consumer Science programs offered here in New Hampshire, please go to

Professional Organizations

New Hampshire Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

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