The National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education was established in 1977 in response to the need for professionals to speak with one voice on Family and Consumer Sciences Education issues. Initially membership of the group included two voting representatives from each of the three professional organizations most concerned with Family and Consumer Sciences Education: the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association (FCSEA). One non-voting representative from the national student organization, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was added in 2001. In 2006 a request was approved to add two FCCLA representatives with voting privileges to The Coalition.
Much of the activity of The Coalition focuses on providing leadership for the development of federal and state policy concerning Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The overall goal, to increase communication and project a unified voice and focus on issues, provides the foundation for the work of The Coalition. The Coalition activities focus on:
Selection of their representatives on The Coalition is the discrete responsibility of each member organization. Representatives' terms are staggered with the two representatives from each organization appointed in different years, generally for a three or four year term. Others may be invited to serve as advisors to help The Coalition as needed.
The Coalition members meet at the national conferences of AAFCS and ACTE and conduct sessions for attendees. Other meetings and conference calls are scheduled as needed. Meeting notes are recorded and shared with the member organizations and available for review.