Family and Consumer Sciences education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The unique focus is on families, work and their interrelationships.
Family and Consumer Sciences education has roots in both academic and career/technical education and reaches beyond the educational system into the community as it focuses on the needs of individuals and families. The program encourages students to develop communication, leadership, management and thinking skills.
Family and Consumer Sciences programs foster student attainment of the intermediate and commencement level New York State Learning Standards in both Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS). Family and Consumer Sciences education prepares students for success in both postsecondary education and employment.
--Adapted from New York State Education Department Office of Curriculum and Instructional and Career and Technical Education