FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building stronger relationships at home.

Why is FAST so effective?

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Parent Empowerment

Through experiential learning rather than lecture, FAST teaches parents to become effective family leaders equipped to help their children thrive. On a scale of 1 to 10, FAST parent graduates give the program a 9.4 satisfaction rating.

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Evidence-Based Activities

Each 2.5-hour FAST Program conducted over 8 to 10 weeks systematically incorporates research and evidence-based practices proven to build protective factors, decrease risk factors and increase social capital around children and families.

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Multi-Family Groups

Based on family systems theory and family stress theory, FAST brings families together in dynamic groups to build supportive relationships across domains of family, school and community.

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Recognized by SAMHSA, UNODC, OJJDP

FAST is included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, and has been recognized as a model program since 2002. The program is also recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Learn more

Recent FAST® Updates

A Glimpse of FAST in Brazil

 The FAST® Program in Tremembé, the first and only city in Brazil to offer FAST, is bringing parents and schools together for the future of the child, according to Cristiana Berthoud, Secretary of Education. “I used to say that…


FAST Welcomes New Executive Director, Toni Rivera-Joachin

Families & Schools Together, Inc. is extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Toni Rivera-Joachin. Toni Rivera-Joachin has over twenty-four years of non-profit management experience and expertise working with underserved populations, including children and families, and advocating for social…


“Building communities together where all children thrive” - thank YOU, United Way of Dane County. We value your partnership and your important role in FAST’s history, and we look forward to the great work we can do together in the future! #FASTcommunityThank you to Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST) for honoring United Way with an award earlier this week!

FAST is a United Way partner agency and does phenomenal work with parents to ensure great outcomes for youth both inside and outside of the school building.

Founded 31 years ago here in Madison, FAST has spread throughout the world and their new executive director Toni K. Rivera-Joachin honored us as one of their first funders. We are honored to receive the recognition and proud to be your partner!
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