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FCE Has Deep Roots In Atchison County


The National Association for Family & Community Education provides education and leadership training for public policy action on family issues.

Atchison County has 2 active FCE Clubs: Farmerettes and Terry 

Family Community Education

The Kansas Association for Family and Community Education has evolved from a group of ladies meeting in 1914, in Leavenworth County, Kansas (Glenwood Club) who were requesting help in food preservation from a national extension leader. The name has changed through the years, Community Club, Farm Bureau Unit, Home Demonstration Units (HDU), Extension Homemakers Units (EHU) and in 1992 the name was changed to the Kansas Association for Family and Consumer Education (KAFCE). The members of KAFCE are also members of the National Association of Family and Community Education (NAFCE).

FCE members attend leader lesson training during the year and then share their knowledge with family, friends and the community. All FCE educational programs held in partnership with  Atchison County Extension welcome members of the community to participate in lifelong learning related well-being,  strong families, and communities.   Atchison  County  Extension partners with more than  50 community partners annually. FCE members have a goal of supporting Atchison County families.  To create awareness to prevent shaken baby syndrome, members donate purple hats to parents of each newborn at the local hospital. Atchison County  FCE members support outreach programs for foster children in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Children and  Families.  Annually, the group provides in-school character education programs to fourth-grade students. Local FCE members also work with the Boys and Girls Club, local food banks, Head Start and DoVes to support children and families in the community.  

Any community member with a passion for supporting families is invited to participate in FCE sponsored outreach efforts and educational programs.

Check out the KAFCE web site:  kafce.org

Family and Community Education (FCE)

The Kansas Association for Family and Community Education works with K-State Research and Extension to enrich Kansas families through educational programs, leadership development and community service. Family Consumer Sciences Agents act as advisors to FCE.

The mission of Family and Community Education is strengthening individuals, families and communities through: CONTINUING EDUCATION, DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY ACTION.


FCE Units
The Atchison County FCE is an affiliate of the Kansas Organization and part of the National FCE Organization.  FCE Units are groups of people who learn together. Each unit determines topics of interest and members participate in planning and presenting programs to the community or to individuals.  FCE program leaders are provided training through K-State, which is passed to the individual units. Atchison County FCE members learn and volunteer together to improve the lives of their families, individuals and community.


Kansas Association for Family and Community Education KAFCE Scholarship Guidelines and Conditions (pdf)

Learn about FCE                    

FCE members volunteer their time, talents and leadership to teach barn quilt classes. Class fees pay for workshop supplies and in addition, are used to support local educational programs to support families. FCE leaders are currently working with community leaders to develop a barn quilt trail to contribute to the historic tourist base of the local economy.

Did you realize that Atchison County currently ranks 97th out of 105 counties for family and well-being? FCE as an independent organization has a mission that closely aligns with that of the Atchison County Extension Council to provide local citizens with research-based information to assist individuals, families and community leaders to make decisions that support healthy lifestyle choices, support strong families and build strong communities. Atchison County FCE generously donates to support local Extension family and consumer science educational programs. In addition, FCE members often serve in a dual role as extension master volunteers in the community by providing educational program outreach to other community groups.