Family and Consumer Sciences * Human Ecology * Human Sciences * 
Health and Human Sciences * Home Economics


 Field of study focused on the science and the art of living and working well in our complex world.

                                       Content Areas                                                                       Practice Settings
    Our primary areas of focus include:                                                You will find our professionals in:
* Culinary arts, hospitality and tourism                                                            *Academic education at these levels
* Education and Training                                                                                                  Early Childhood
* Food Science and Nutrition                                                                                            Elementary
* Health Management and Wellness                                                                                Secondary
* Housing and Interior Design                                                                                          Higher Education
* Human/Child Development and Family Relations                                      * Community Education for adults and youth,
* Personal and Family Finance                                                                                including Cooperative Extension Programs
* Textiles/Apparel and Retailing                                                                         * Business and Industry
 ___________________________                                                           * Government
 Sustainable practices, consumerism, and leadership                                    * Health and Human Services
 Principles are woven throughout the content areas

Through research, experiential education, and technology, our professionals help people develop the essential knowledge and skills to:       
                    * Lead better lives                                    *Build strong Families
                    * Be work and career ready                    *Make meaningful contributions to our communities                                                  ______________________________________________________________________________________

National Initiatives:        

*Family and Consumers Sciences day/ Dine In   http://www.aafcs.org/FCSday/  

*Say "Yes to FCS" Educator Recruitment Initiative       http://www.aafcs.org/FCSedpipeline.asp  

*FCSfit https://www.aafcs.org/fcsfit/home

Reminder Upcoming Webinars - Register Now!

Current Science and Practice in Food Preservation
November 11
th       4:00 ET
Live & Archived Webinars are a member benefit!
AAFCS Professional, Emeritus & Student Members attend for FREE!

2020 Dining In for #FCSsuccess

Get ready to make Family and Consumer Sciences Day the event of 2020!  It will be a perfect time for you to gather people in your network to raise the visibility of family and consumers sciences.  Hosting a virtual “meal” on or around December 3 gives you an opportunity to talk about the rich history of our profession and how our work provides real value to society.  Dining in with school administrators, college students, policy makers, parents, media, potential members, extension homemaker associations, your business colleagues, potential funders and others in your LinkedIn account or phone contacts can raise or continue to raise awareness of what we do and why.  Visit www.aafcs.org after Wednesday, October 21 to learn more, download resources and stickers and take the pledge to support Dining In for #FCSsuccess.

DON’T DELAY ~ Register Today! Upcoming Webinars Series

Did you know that Webinar Wednesdays is back?

The 2020-21 VPD webinar series started in September with several more lined up through spring 2021! All webinars are listed in your MyAAFCS – register now to be part of live webinars or have unlimited access to the recordings.

These VPD webinars provide members professional development in FCS areas to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). For more information on VPD, PDUs, future webinars, recordings and also registration for members and non-members, click here. If you have further questions, please email webinars@aafcs.org.

October 28th’s VPD webinar, presented by Shawnee Hendershot, focuses on stress.

Everyone has stress, which can be helpful. Learn how stress can turn toxic. Mental health is a public health concern. Research has indicated that when an individual has toxic stress, this can affect their physical and mental health, both short-term and long-term…

To read more:

Upcoming VPD Webinars:

VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR: Current Science and Practice in Home Food Preservation
When:  Nov 11, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR: Building Leadership Competencies for FCS Professionals
When:  Jan 27, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

When:  Feb 24, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)


College Students and COVID-19

Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, Jacqueline Holland, Nic Zimmerman, Kelli Enslow-Wolfe, and Mia Russell - members of AAFCS - are conducting a research project and need your help!

If you are a college student, please consider participating in the "College Students and COVID-19: Examining Financial Well-being, College Persistence, and Happiness post-COVID" survey. Through this project, the researchers seek to understand college student life before COVID (before March) and now (since March). By participating, you can enter a random drawing for one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. Please consider taking the survey and sharing with college students you know: https://collegecovid19.questionpro.comThe survey will close October 31st.
Pandemic Challenges: Leadership Skills to Survive and Thrive

Develop yourself in these unprecedented times by gaining leadership skills to meet the challenges of the pandemic! As a FACS professional you are at the forefront! The 2021 Leadership Academy will prepare you to survive and thrive!

Modeling the leadership attribute of flexibility, the 2021 Leadership Academy will be either virtual or face-to-face dependent upon the state of the pandemic by June. It will be held two days prior to the AAFCS Annual Conference.

If you are a new AAFCS member (7 years or less), you are eligible to advance your leadership skills, abilities, and talents and build on your strengths, while networking with other professionals and learning about leadership opportunities in AAFCS.  Now is the time to TAKE ACTION.  DeadlineOctober 30, 2020. For complete information and application go to  http://aafcs.org/about/groups/leadership-academy.

Order Your Branded FCS Face Masks on October 26

CDC recommends that you wear face masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.  Beginning on Monday, October 26, will be able to purchase a branded FCS mask from AAFCS. They are functional and a great way to raise awareness and start a conversation with others about our profession.  The masks are 100% percent content, 4 layers, 6.5” wide and approximately 5” tall, blue with white imprint and are made in the USA.   AAFCS members will receive a link to order masks. For more information, contact nbock@aafcs.org.

Information on FCS Education Website:

 A national FCS education website has been launched that is the home page for all things related to promotion, preparation and support of FCS education.  The primary goal of this action is to create an online directory of FCS programs, courses to help meet certification requirements and resources for FCS education (including a series of free webinars). It is very new and there is much more to come - but the framework is in place. 

Communication Campaign

In addition, AAFCS and the national FCS coalition are launching a major communications campaign to promote FCS education. Nancy Bock (AAFCS) is the project director and will begin hosting virtual leader training starting in December.  She is dynamic, experienced and willing to work with us and others in promoting FCS education.   

Grant Money

There is still a significant amount of grant money available for states to access for participation in the grant.  It can be used for professional development and training - it could help support the efforts described above or something similar.  It can be used to bring national leaders to our region to work with us on our action plan or activities related to this grant. 

Still Time for More PDUs + AAFCS Virtual Conference Recordings

Did you know you can earn PDUs (Professional Development Units) by participating in the 2020 Virtual Conference that took place June 25-26?

Our Virtual Conference showcased over 45 interactive sessions from FCS panels, FCS Content Strands, IGNITE, research poster and ATD juried showcase to award presentations! If you missed this 2 day jam-packed conference, you can still earn up to 33 CFCS PDUs, 19 CPFFE PDUs, and 16.75 CNWE PDUs by simply viewing the recordings!

Don’t miss this opportunity for more PDUs, access to the recordings and presentation materials ($100 regular price, $25 for students), and PDF Certificate by simply clicking on:

Upon receipt of payment, the recordings will be in your MyAAFCS account until June 26, 2021 along with the presentation materials and discussion board in the Virtual Conference Resource Library. Time is running out! This offer expires in 54 business days (December 31st)!