Nurturing the inherent potential of every child by uniting families, schools, and communities.

What We Do

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The FAST® Program

The FAST Program is an internationally-acclaimed parent engagement program that supports the family bonding necessary for children to thrive. By applying research and evidence-based family therapy practices, this program promotes the full potential of every child.

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The FAST® Institute

The FAST Institute of Family Engagement trains school staff to partner with families in support of children’s education and well-being. By blending best practices in teacher training and family and community engagement, this workshop helps schools to create a more welcoming environment for all families.

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Additional Training & Services

Families & Schools Together offers additional training and other services as part of the FAST Trainer certification process and to expand support for FAST Providers, including the annual Training of Trainers event, on demand Specialized Trainings, and an Evaluations & Services package.

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Why It Works

FAST was one of the first prevention and early intervention programs to develop practical applications for adult and children’s mental health research findings. Today, our organization continues to evolve and improve by integrating new scientific findings and research into what we do. Learn More

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Recent FAST® Updates

A Tradition of FAST Involvement at Focus on Community

Focus on Community in Racine, Wisconsin, is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency with a mission “to unite our community in an effort to prevent substance abuse and inspire healthy choices.” Through a variety of research-based and model programs, Focus…


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…


Today we celebrate #GivingTuesday. Our work is made possible by the generosity of others, from time given by FAST Team volunteers to gifts given by donors. Together, let’s build stronger families: www.familiesandschools.org/give/ ...

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