The Family and Consumer Sciences Department is an integral part of The University of Tennessee Extension. Family and Consumer Sciences faculty and county agents work together to provide research-based educational programs for children and adults. Today as never before the subject matter of Family and Consumer Sciences such as nutrition, parenting, child care, family financial management, indoor air quality, sustainable housing, children's environmental health, etc. have moved to the forefront of community and legislative agendas. The general public, as well as, key leaders have recognized what we inside the field have long known; addressing these issues to develop strong families ultimately leads to strong communities. The long term impact is an economic one.

In Scott County, two staff members give leadership to the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program. These members are Amber D'Attoma, UT Extension Agent and Teressa Honeycutt, Program Assistant. 

Below are selected programs offered by FCS Extension in Scott County:​

​​Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting

Parenting Apart is an educational program designed for divorcing parents of minor children. It is mandated by law that divorcing couples of minor children attend a parent education course. Parenting Apart fulfills this requirement. The cost of this four-hour program is $40 if registered prior to the class and $50 at the door. Spouses should take separate classes and child care is not provided. Topics include: Dealing with stress, how children react to divorce, positive communication skills, keeping children out of conflict, new relationships after divorce, helping your children through the divorce and domestic violence. A certificate will be given to all participants who complete the course.

Classes are offered monthly. Click on the link below for course schedule and information: 

Parenting Piece by Piece 

This program is a series of parenting education classes designed for parents who have been mandated or encouraged to attend parenting training due to risk of child abuse and/or neglect. Sessions address: normal child development, communication with adults and children, stress management, dealing with conflict and anger, discipline and use of community resources. Cost for the series is $40.00 if paid up front at the first class or $15.00 a class for a total of 4/ 2-hr classes. Please call the UT Extension office to schedule classes. 

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

UT Extension partners with Tennessee Department of Health to provide a fun, skill-building program designed for persons with chronic diseases. Topics include: Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition and how to evaluate new treatments. This FREE workshop consists of 6 sessions. For more information, click the Self-Management Resource Center​.

Click on the link below for the Summer 2019 class schedule:

To join the Family and Consumer Sciences mailing list and get the latest Scott County newsletters and program updates, email Amber D'Attoma at​​