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

Parents as Heroes by Dr. Lynn McDonald

Written by FAST Founder Dr. Lynn McDonald in collaboration with FAST. Our wonderful Executive Director, Ms. Toni Rivera-Joachin, has asked me to write for the FAST blog during this challenging time of COVID. I am grateful for this invitation, as I am…

Do-It-Yourself FAST Activities at Home (Actividades de FAST en Casa)

Activities traditionally conducted during the FAST Program can 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 share…

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…