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Family & Consumer Sciences focuses on skills needed to successfully manage resources, not only as individuals, but as group members within the family, workplace, and community. With a variety of courses offered, Family & Consumer Sciences helps students develop skills in the areas of self-confidence, setting goals, developing values and making educated decisions. These courses prepare students for daily life challenges by providing opportunities to express individual creativity. Family & Consumer Sciences students develop career pathway awareness, 21st century skills, an understanding of relationships and life management skills surrounding nutrition, health, consumerism and parenting. 

Mission: Empower students to make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve a balanced personal and professional life.


  • Develop career awareness and 21st century skills to facilitate the transition from school to career
  • Develop an understanding of human growth and life-span development
  • Examine the relationships among individuals, families, communities and the environments in which they function
  • Develop life management skills including nutrition, consumerism, and parenting skills
  • Use leadership and teamwork skills to collaborate with others to accomplish common goals
WHPS Student-Led Preschool Program

What type of program is this?

Student-led preschool programs continue to be an integral part of the Introduction to Early Childhood and Early Childhood Educations and Careers courses at both Conard and Hall High Schools. High school students enrolled in these early childhood courses work directly with district toddlers under the supervision of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers Jennifer Vauter and Carla Case. The classroom is set up in the format of many preschools and includes a dramatic play, paint, and reading areas to name a few. There are play areas for the children and observation areas for both parents and students in order to note different learning styles and interactions by the children and teachers.

Who does the preschool serve?

West Hartford children who are 2 ½ to 5 years of age are welcome to enroll at either Conard or Hall. Each preschooler is assigned to at least one high school student as a primary caregiver. As well, one high school student will be assigned as the lead teacher for the day in order to drive planning and instruction for that period.


The preschool meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The daily schedule is to be determined by the high school course schedule.

Fall Preschool 2021 Tentative dates: Fall session starts on Thursday October 7 through Tuesday December 21, 2021 (10 weeks)

Meet & Greet will be held on Tuesday October 5, 2021 (10:30 -11:30am).

Daily Lessons

Curriculum is developmentally appropriate and connects to West Hartford expectations for Kindergarten. Early Childhood students will plan and facilitate lessons that encourage physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development in a fun and engaging manner. Class size is limited to 20 children in order to ensure adequate, individual and cooperative experiences for each child.


Cost is minimal – designed to cover basic materials for activities and a nutritious snack. The tuition for 2021 is $75 per semester. Preschool will only run during first semester in 2021.


If interested please send an email to Jennifer_Vauter@whps.org at Conard or Carla_Case@whps.org at Hall. Please list “Fall 2021 Preschool” in the subject of the email. We will need both you and your child’s first and last names, mailing address, and the child’s date of birth in this email. Thank you. We look forward to working with your preschoolers this school year.

Health Sciences & Human Services Pathway 

These courses prepare students for daily life challenges by providing opportunities to express individual creativity.

Hospitality & Tourism Pathway

With a variety of courses offered, we help students develop skills in the areas of self-confidence, setting goals, developing values and making educated decisions.


Jessica Brand

Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher

Carla Case

Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher

Brian Cohen

Department Supervisor of Business & Finance, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Technology & Engineering