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

Do-It-Yourself FAST Activities at Home

Activities traditionally conducted during the FAST Program can also be adapted at home during this period of social distancing and home quarantine. All of these activities are research-based and designed to promote family strengthening and bonding. We invite you to…

FAST Values in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Written by FAST Director of Research & Innovation Dr. Robyn Sperling In this time of great uncertainty, we are all, understandably, stressed and confused. As we navigate our way through a very difficult period, there are many resources we can…

Update from Executive Director Toni Rivera-Joachin on COVID-19

To our FAST community, Families & Schools Together (FAST) is diligently monitoring the rapidly changing conditions of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from our international office in Madison, WI. We value the health, safety, and well-being of our children,…

The National Association of School Psychologists shares tips for families coping with the current health crisis: "None of this easy, but it helps to stay focused on what is possible in order to reinforce a sense of control and to reassure children that they are okay, and that the situation will get better." guidance with the National Association of School Nurses "Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource" is now available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, and Korean.

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