Welcome to OAFCS


Secondary programs are closing for a variety of reasons. University FCS teacher education programs are closing due to lack of enrollment. Now secondary programs are closing because school districts cannot find FCS teachers! Zero incoming university freshmen have declared majors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education this fall in Ohio.

The good news
OAFCS and OATFACS joined forces to hire the Impact Group, a proven PR/marketing firm, to develop and help us implement a major promotion of FCS education over the next 12 months!

Five Regional Focus Groups will be held in October beginning October 6.
Using all data collected from these focus groups and from other parts of this project, the Impact Group will create “a living direction for public relations and marketing outreach” for a 12-month period.

Come and bring others to participate in the Focus Groups!
The goal is to provide forums for candid discussion to help us best plan for the future. In order to get the best data possible from these Focus Groups, we must have a variety of persons who have influence regarding course offerings or student choices of electives or careers—think guidance counselors, administrators, parents, students, school board members, state legislators, university admissions counselors, etc. We are counting on you to invite such persons to attend with you—or to go without you if you are unable to attend. Remember that diversity also includes the participation of those who have not been so supportive in the past. Their participation will be more difficult to achieve, but has the potential to give us very important information.

Send RSVP’s to Nathan Mellor at nmellor@igpr.com of the Impact Group.You may RSVP for yourself and your guest(s) noting the name and role (teacher, Extension agent, principal, counselor, parent, etc.) of each or your guest(s) may RSVP separately.

We have a huge challenge ahead of us, but by working together and sharing the load.


Here are invitations you can use:

Contact Sandra Laurenson, Co-Chair Public Policy, OAFCS, Laurenson1@gmail.com or 330-468-3955

Focus Group Dates And Locations:
Note: All meetings will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Monday, October 6 – Northeast Ohio
Tallmadge High School – Kelley Smith, FCS teacher, 330-633-5505
Room 1125, 140 N. Munroe Rd., Tallmadge, OH 44278
RSVP nmellor@igpr.com by Wednesday, October 1

Wednesday, October 8 – Southwest Ohio
Butler Tech – Amy Claywell, Satellite Supervisor, 513-868-6300
3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
RSVP nmellor@igpr.com by Wednesday, October 1

Tuesday, October 14 – Central Ohio
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Columbus-New Albany Campus
5150 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Suite 120, Rm. 101, Columbus, OH 43081
RSVP nmellor@igpr.com by Wednesday, October 8

Wednesday, October 15 – Southeast Ohio
Athens Middle School – Library – Kim Shuster, FCS teacher, 740-593-7107
55 West State St., Athens, OH 45701
RSVP nmellor@igpr.com by Wednesday, October 8

Thursday, October 23 – Northwest Ohio
Millstream Career Center – Beth Smith, FCS teacher, 419-425-8277
1150 Broad Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840

The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was founded in 1909 as the Ohio Home Economics Association. OAFCS is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of individual and family life. The nature of family and consumer sciences and the program of the association have evolved as a result of changes in resources, family functions, culture, and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic disciplines and the application of research. We follow the same mission and vision as our National Association.

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The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is recognized as the driving force in bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.


The mission of the AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.

Our Core Values

  • Believes in the family as a fundamental unit of society.
  • Embraces diversity and values all people.
  • Is dedicated to life-long learning and diverse scholarship.
  • Prepares new professionals.
  • Exemplifies integrity and ethical behavior.
  • Seeks new ideas and is open to change.
  • Promotes an integrative and holistic approach to the Body of Knowledge.

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.

Today’s FCS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.

OAFCS Districts