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Family and Consumer Studies

Family and consumer studies Overview

As a family and consumer sciences student at San José City College, you will embark on a transformative journey exploring the intricate web of relationships between individuals, families, communities, and environments. Our program delves into the dynamic interplay of these factors and how they profoundly influence 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.

Department Contacts

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Division
  • (408) 288-3785

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.