Efficacy

FAST Through the Eyes of Participating Families

Dr. Melodie Fearnow-Kenney, from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for School-Community Collaboration, and her colleagues recently investigated child and parent perceptions of FAST in their empirical article, “Child and Parent Voices on a Community-Based Prevention Program.” While Fearnow-Kenney and her colleagues…


Creating Lasting Community in San Antonio

Family Service Association of San Antonio has been a fixture in the community for 114 years. Established in 1903, Family Service has been providing financial assistance to families struggling with poverty and in need of support. Guided by its mission…


Funding and Implementing FAST® Without a Community Partner

The majority of FAST Program implementations involve a partnership between a school and a community-based organization or social-service agency. The organization administers funding, handles FAST-related administrative tasks such as distributing the evaluations, and typically provides a team member, the Community…


Think Like a Marketer When Approaching a Prospective Community Partner

There’s the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” For schools seeking to form a partnership with a community-based organization, a positive first impression might mean demonstrating that you will be a trustworthy and responsible…


Principals Share Parent Engagement Insights

In the Fall of 2016, Families & Schools Together, Inc. surveyed education leaders—principals and administrators—to learn more about parent engagement efforts at their schools. More than 1,400 principals, vice principals and head teachers completed our survey. All too often, practical…


Building Coalitions: A new requirement of many grant applications

First, what is a coalition, exactly? A coalition is a group of organizations that collaborate to work on improving a larger social problem. The idea behind a coalition is that a group of organizations working together will have a larger…