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

The Power of Social Capital to Reduce Disparities

The Kids Count (2016) and Race for Results (2017) reports by the Annie E. Casey Foundation identified disparities in overall child well-being across America. The local and national trends made visible through these reports highlight stark racial and socio-economic gaps,…

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 2014…

Feeling Charades is a card-based activity that supports FAST Families to recognize one another’s emotions and to become comfortable with sharing their feelings in a fun, playful context, which improves family communication and helps to resolve conflict. #FASTcommunity #FAST30thAnniversary ...

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