Families and Schools Together®
Is a nonprofit agency that designs and distributes family strengthening
and parent involvement programs to help kids succeed in school and in
life. FAST, Our award-winning programs help families all across the
world improve parenting skills and connect families to their schools.
Though FAST was founded in the US, it brings together local support
resources to build protective factors around kids which has allowed
for the FAST program to run successfully in 46 states and thirteen
countries, which are
|Baby FAST™||Pre-K FAST™|
|Kids FAST™||Middle School FAST™|
Who We Serve
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FAST is a social work program that is evidence based and values based
FAST was founded by Dr. Lynn McDonald, professor of social work, as a package which could be implemented by parents working alongside professionals to increase child well being, parent involvement in school, and social capital. FAST is recognized for its ability to engage parents. 80% of parents that come once graduate and are empowered to run their monthly meetings FAST is based on community organizing strategies. Title 1 funds may be used to support FAST if the needs determined by the school include strengthening connections between families and the school
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FAST parents and school staff share their FAST experience.
Read an article about Focus on Community - one of Wisconsin's agencies that runs the FAST program!