Family & Consumer Sciences
Welcome to Morgan County's Family & Consumer Sciences Page
Morgan County's Family and Consumer Sciences Agent (FACS), Leigh Anne Aaron, has a dual county appointment with Oconee County. Leigh Anne will be splitting her time between Morgan and Oconee Counties.
Morgan/Oconee County Extension
440 Hancock Street
Madison, GA 30650
Phone: 706-342-2214 Fax: 706-343-6451 Email: email@example.com
On This Page
- UGA Child Care Provider Trainings
- FACS Newsletters
- Radon Air Quality Testing
- State of Poverty Simulation Program
- UGA Family & Consumer Science Department
Quality Child Care
UGA Extension’s child care programs provide continuing education for child care providers, and help parents know how to find high-quality child care.
2022 Child Care Provider Training
Morgan and Oconee County Extension Agent, Leigh Anne Aaron provides approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements.
These 2-hour sessions are held at the Oconee County Extension Office, 1420 Experiment Station Road, Watkinsville, GA.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 per session and includes dinner,
Registrations: 1 weeks before date of session to ensure enough supplies and food for dinner. Note: Minimum of 10 participants required so be sure to call or email Leigh Anne Aaron to ensure the training session will be held: 706-769-3946 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For descriptions of each training session and a printable calendar with registration deadlines and session dates click here: 2020 Early Childhood Professionals' Trainings
Call Leigh Anne Aaron to if you have questions: (706) 342-2214 (Morgan Co.) or (706) 769-3946 (Oconee Co.).
Poverty Simulation- CAPS
The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique tool that can be used to educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the typical day to day strategies of a low-income family trying to survive, day to day, with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the hardships faced by real people. In post-experience surveys, over 85% of participants reported an above average or high level of increased knowledge about the financial pressures faced by low-income families in meeting basic needs.
The experience is approximately three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period at the end of the simulation, in which A MINIMUM of 25 participants and 19 volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty.
The simulation must be conducted in a large room where participants will be assigned a "family" to join in the center. Around the perimeter are tables representing community resources and services for the families. These services include a bank, super center, Community Action Agency, employer, utility company, pawn broker, grocery, school, and more. Participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty. Some families are newly unemployed, some are recently deserted by the "breadwinner," some are homeless, while still others are grandparents raising their grandchildren.
The task of the participant "families" is to provide for basic necessities, shelter, transportation and education during the course of four 15-minute "weeks."
For more information on hosting a Poverty Simulation in your community, call Leigh Anne Aaron: 706-342-2214. Fee $6.00/participant plus travel costs for facilitator.
CAPS is a copyrighted tool made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action to organizations that want to promote a greater understanding of poverty.
Read More: Poverty Simulation News Article
University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents offer non-biased, research-based solutions and cutting edge knowledge on many topics, including:
- Food, Nutrition, and Health
- Food Safety
- Healthy, Safe, and Affordable Housing Environment
- Economic Well-Being for Individuals and Families
- Positive Development for Individuals, Families, and Communities
FACS agents also partner with employers and other agencies to enhance economic development by educating our present and future work force. Examples include:
- Health education and chronic disease prevention programs;
- Required employee training such as food safety for restaurant workers and child development training for child care providers;
- Life skills education to reduce turnover and increase productivity, such as managing finances and balancing work/family responsibilities.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after tobacco smoke. Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, occurring naturally in the soil and entering our homes through foundations and well water.
Radon test kits (for air) can be purchased for $13.00 at: www.ugaradon.org.