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® Reduces Violence in Central Asian Countries

FAST® was implemented in five developing Asian countries in an effort to reduce family violence and prevent child misconduct. Funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the FAST program became an integral component to a project…


Celebrate FAST’s 30th Anniversary!

For 30 years, the FAST program has served as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of thousands of children and families across culture, languages, and socio-economic classes in the U.S. and in countries around the world. In 1988,…


Today is International Youth Day! In addition to the Elementary level, FAST offers Middle School and High School levels which include a youth group component that is held both during and after school (as part of family night meetings). The FAST youth group provides a safe space for youth to gather and engage in activities and discussions that help empower and support them #FASTcommunity www.un.org/en/events/youthday/ ...

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