Founded in 1909 as the American Home Economics Association, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
AAFCS’ 6,000 plus members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. Many of AAFCS’ members are secondary school educators and advisors for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a non-profit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.
Family and consumer sciences professionals develop, integrate, and provide practical knowledge about research-based Life Skills—financial literacy; dietetics and nutrition; child care and parenting; conflict resolution; consumer education; housing and environment; and apparel and textiles. With national headquarters based in Alexandria, VA, AAFCS has 51 state affiliates located across the USA.
To learn more about the history of the Family & Consumer Sciences, please visit the links below:
- A Brief History (AAFCS)
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, & History (Cornell University)
- The History of Home Economics & Ellen Swallow Richards (Purdue University)
The following videos and podcasts are also available: