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

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…

The FAST® Program’s History of Promoting School Safety

School safety in America is an urgent problem requiring complex solutions. While the FAST® Program cannot solve this issue, FAST is able to promote a safer school environment by collaboratively engaging parents, schools, community agencies and law enforcement– and it…

FAST’s Foundation of Strong Evidence

A solid foundation of evidenced-based practices makes up the core of the FAST Program. For 30 years, FAST has utilized evidence-based practices to transform families, schools and communities through parent engagement and family strengthening. According to the U.S. Department of…

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