Division of Family & Consumer Sciences

As the population continues to grow and diversify, our quality of life increasingly depends on community vitality and family well-being as shared priorities for all Americans.

NIFA’s Family & Consumer Sciences programs provide resources that advance community vitality and family well-being in partnership with the Land-Grant University System and Cooperative Extension System. The objectives of this work are to contribute to advancing the socio-economic potential of communities, and the empowerment of people to achieve optimal well-being.

Family & Consumer Sciences strengthen families, farms, communities, and the economy by focusing on the human dimensions of food and agriculture. This is accomplished through scientific research and its application; strategic partnerships; extension education; and supporting ongoing efforts to promote FCS educator preparation.


Family & Consumer Sciences Research & Evaluation addresses program planning, design, monitoring, assessments, and impacts-focused reporting of research, education and extension projects.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education seeks to address FCS educator shortages, and support strategic efforts to increase the number of professionals prepared to enter into FCS educator roles.