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Family and Consumer Studies

Child Writing

Welcome to Family and Consumer Studies

As a family and consumer sciences student you will study how the relationships between individuals, families, communities, and environments influence or effect individual development in a variety of ways.



FCS was formerly known as “home economics” but the name changed in the early 1990s to provide a more accurate depiction of the fact that FCS professionals study a broad range of issues surrounding individuals, families, and communities, rather than a sole focus on education related to managing the home or homemaking skills. At San Jose City College, FCS is offered closely with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program.



  • FCS 019-Nutrition
  • FCS 070-Child Development


Family and Consumer Sciences Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze current requirements and standards for early childhood educators and early care and education programs.

  • Design daily schedules and classroom interactions with children consistent with current knowledge of child development.

  • Document and assess the needs of individual children in early care and education settings.

  • Plan and implement classroom based activities consistent with a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

  • Communicate effectively with children, parents and coworkers verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical standards required to function successfully in early care and education programs.



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