Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS_Logo_secondaryThe Family and Consumer Sciences component of the Cooperative Extension Program recognizes that strong families are important to a prosperous and productive society. The family is the major provider of joy, security, values and goals. The Extension staff works to plan and deliver research-based family focused programs in health and well being, parenting, life skills and nutrition to underserved clientele, but, not excluding other audiences, that will serve as a catalyst to improve the quality of living.


The family is one major social support network that our clientele use to cope with economic and societal pressures. Extension agents conduct short courses and small group sessions at community centers and work sites to address topics including school readiness, healthy children, grand parenting, and stable nurturing families.

In financial management workshops, adults, college students and teens learn how to use credit cards wisely, establish a budget, balance a checkbook, and prepare their own taxes.

We provide nutrition education programs in Bell, Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Nueces, Falls, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Maverick, Travis, Waller, Washington, Webb and Wharton counties. counties. Emphasis is placed on choosing healthy foods and ingredients to prepare nutritious and tasty dishes, while also incorporating regular physical fitness into the clients’ weekly routines. We also participate in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) from USDA. The program teaches participants to eat healthier for less money and promotes physical education.

Food safety educational programs encourage utilization of recommended practices that will reduce risk of food borne illnesses. Our clients learn about the proper methods of food handling and storage and also attend food preservation workshops.

To combat the alarming rate of diabetes and its toll on the minority population in Texas, Family and Consumer Sciences specialists and agents conduct diabetes education awareness classes for adults to help them understand how to prevent and control this disease.

Face-to-face and cyber bullying are topics that are in the news constantly. We address the bullying issue with parents and youth to help them understand what causes this behavior.

Meet our Staff

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At headquarters...

Jacquelyn WhiteProgram Leader

Sabrina SimonProgram Specialist

Danielle Hairston-GreenProgram Specialist

Elaine FreeneyProgram Coordinator (EFNEP)


In College of Nursing...

Dawn BurtonHealth Coordinator

Sheila RandleAdministrative Assistant


In the county...

7E8A4170County Agent

7E8A4211County Agent

7E8A4164County Agent

7E8A4155Administrative Assitant

7E8A4160County Agent

Ashley MooreCounty Agent

7E8A4193County Agent

7E8A4153County Agent

7E8A4151County Agent

IMG_9402County Agent

7E8A4158County Agent

7E8A4141County Agent

Meilana CharlesCounty Agent

7E8A4198County Agent

7E8A4161County Agent

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