Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well.

Financial Management, Housing, and Consumer Education Programs

These programs teach youth, individuals, and families life-long resource management skills to help them manage money more effectively and make better consumer decisions. Whether opening your first checking account, learning to balance a check book, creating a workable spending plan, or checking your credit, FCS programs can help you plan for a healthy financial future.

Food, Nutrition and Health Programs

These programs help youth, individuals and families make wise nutritional choices, prepare food safely, prevent chronic disease, and make the necessary lifestyle changes for optimal wellness. Whether trying to stretch food dollars, eat a balanced variety of nutrient dense foods, or become a more physically active person, FCS programs can guide you toward these healthier goals.

Parenting and Childcare Provider Programs

Parent Education programs may be tailored for parents, single parents, grandparents, foster parents or guardians. Whether you care for an infant, preschool age child, school age child or teen, a program can be customized to meet your needs. If you are in need of childcare provider continuing education hours, a program can also be tailored to meet your needs.

Food Safety

The ServSafe® Manager Certification Training and ServSafe® Food Handler Courses are offered locally to food service workers at restaurants, hospitals, schools, and childcare centers. Participants receive instruction about food safety concepts such as sanitation, food storage, safety regulations, pest management, and safe food handling practices.

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Greensville Emporia Extension Office at (434) 348-4223.


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Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.

Community Viability Specialists

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