Family and Consumer Sciences' money managment programs empower participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to create their own financial future.  In Lucas County we offer we promote financial literacy across the lifespan.

  • $martPath for grades 1-6. Free lessons using online videos and classroom discussion and activities. In early 2017, Lucas County teachers can attend a free training - and qualify to earn $150 by completing the training and offering the lessons in their classrooms. Click here for more details.
  • Smart Start With Money: Teaching Preschoolers About Money. Free OSU Extension curriculum with 4 lessons for preschool teachers. Curriculum training offered to preschool teachers in Lucas County.
  • Creating a Household Spending Plan. General household budegeting classes for  adults which could include financial goal-setting, spending plan creation, debt reduction, credit report managment and financial record organization
  • Manage Your Money is an Ohio State University Extension six-week course to help adults focus on financial wellbeing. Learn about individual and family values about money, where your money goes, how to save, plan your spending, limit debt and organize financial records. In Lucas County, Manage Your Money can be offered in two ways: as a six-week community class in partnership with a community organiztion or as a six-week online email challenge.
  • Online Manage Your Money email challenge, adults (6-week challenge, often offered at the beginning of the year). Powers-Barker posted a blog in 2015, "Why I Am Bringing Work Home" to share a personal perspective of participating in the 6-week challenge.
  • Homeownership Education
  • Real Money, Real World (for 7th through 12th grade)

For more information or to schedule a class, please contact Patrice Powers-Barker at powers-barker.1@osu.edu or 419-213-2022. For a pdf handout listing Lucas County financial programs, click here.