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’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…

The Power of FAST: An Overview

Families & Schools Together believes in a world where in every community, every child thrives. The FAST Program was founded in 1988 by Dr. Lynn McDonald, Emeritus Researcher and Professor of Social Work, to support the family bonding necessary for…

Protective Factors of Resilience: A Substance Abuse Prevention Strategy

Among the range of interventions needed to address the opioid and drug abuse crisis, community-based strategies and two-generational, whole-family preventions which build protective factors of resilience are worth investment. Protective factors, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),…

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Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST)

Congratulations to One City Schools, their recent Family Graduates and their incredible FAST Team for completing another cycle of FAST - thank you, One City, for inspiring the #FASTcommunity with your enthusiasm and dedication for building stronger families! (Photo credits: One City Schools) ...

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