Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences classes are offered across the lifespan from pre-K though adults of all ages. The Family and Consumer Sciences community programs can be found on our calendar:

Early Childhood programs (audience is young learners): classes for pre-K are often offered in partnership with local library branches as well as scheduled individually with Early Childhood Centers. The Family and Consumer Sciences topics offered are related to healthy living such as Nature is Good for My Health (and additional topics related to Social Emotional Leraning) or healthy finances such as Smart Start with Money: Teaching Preschoolers About Money (focus on numbers and needs and wants). Healthy eating also aligns with Family and Consumer Sciences topics. To schedule a program with FCS Educator Patrice Powers-Barker, please email 

Early Childhood Education (audience is adults who care for young children): lessons that are offered in Lucas County include, Planning the Intergenerational Garden, Pax Tools (for parents/guardians), and Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction for Caregivers. To schedule a program with FCS Educator Patrice Powers-Barker, please email

Early Childhood Education Ohio Approved Virtual Cources 2023 - 2024 ( audience is Early Childhood Professionals), Ohio State University Extension offers online virtual classes. For a list of classes, dates and times, visit: 


SNAP-ED is an evidence-based program that helps people make their SNAP dollars stretch, teaches them how to shop for and cook healthy meals, and lead physically active lifestyles. Programs are offered free of charge. In Lucas County, SNAP-ED nutrition classes are available for Head Start Students, Parents, and Providers. Contact Program Specialist, Community Nutrition, Suzanne Saggese for more information