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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 404

Vocational Education--Consumer and Homemaking Education

(CFDA No. 84.049)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments of 1990 (P.L. 101-392), Title III, Part B (20 U.S.C. 2361-2363)(expires September 30, 1995). All programs under the Perkins Act addressed in this report operated in the first year the amendments became effective.

Purpose: To assist the 50 States and the outlying areas in conducting consumer and homemaking education programs that prepare male and female, youths and adults for the occupation of homemaking. Funds can be used to provide instruction in food and nutrition, consumer education, family living and parenthood education, child development and guidance, housing, home management (including resource management), and clothing and textiles.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation Fiscal Year Appropriation
1970 $15,000,000 1987 $31,273,000
1975 35,994,000 1988 32,791,000
1980 43,497,000 1989 33,118,000
1981 30,347,000 1990 34,118,000
1982 29,133,000 1991 33,351,000
1983 31,633,000 1992 34,720,000
1984 31,633,000 1993 34,720,000
1985 31,633,000 1994 34,720,000
1986 30,273,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

Consumer and homemaking education programs, services, and activities are intended to be accessible to males and females, youth and adults at all educational levels. At least one-third of Federal funds were required to be used for programs, services, and activities in economically depressed areas or areas with high rates of unemployment to improve quality of family life. Grants were made, through a statutory formula, to the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands in FYs 1993 and 1994.


Programs, services, and activities provided by the Federal Consumer and Homemaking Education Program include (1) program development and improvement of instruction and curricula; and (2) support services and activities designed to ensure quality and effectiveness of programs including application of academic skills in consumer and homemaking programs, professional development, and State administration, supervision, and leadership.

Program Administration

Full-time State Consumer and Homemaking Education Administrators, under State Boards of Education, are responsible for administering the program and assisting eligible recipients to plan and conduct instructional programs in all consumer and homemaking education areas. All States and territories currently offer consumer and homemaking education programs.

States and Territories are updating, expanding, and revising curricula to reflect the needs of youth and adults. According to State and local records, 4.3 million students are served by 34,100 consumer and homemaking education programs across the country; 42 percent of these students are males. Fifty-nine percent of the consumer and homemaking students are enrolled in parenthood education, family living, nutrition education, child development, and management of resources.

States have implemented new and/or revised programs and curriculum in areas such as Consumer and Homemaking Education, Interrelatedness of Balancing Work and the Family, Management of Resources and Life Management Skills, Child Growth and Development, Parenting/Family Life Education, and Consumer Education. An integral part of all instructional programs is the application of academic skills.

Management Improvement Strategies

III. Sources of Information

  1. Enrollment Source: Vocational Home Economics Education Coalition (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Division of Vocational Home Economic Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 1991).

  2. Research and Curriculum Projects by State Departments of Education, 1990-91 (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Division of Vocational Home Economics Education, American Vocational Association, and Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 1992).

  3. State Annual Performance Reports for Vocational Education (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Division of Vocational Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, December 1992).

  4. Program files.

IV. Planned Studies


V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Bertha G. King, (202) 205-5421

Program Studies:
Audrey Pendleton, (202) 401-3630

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