One of the most important and unique aspects of FAST® (Families and Schools Together) is the support you receive during implementation. Each step helps your organization or school develop the skills and resources you’ll need to establish a parent engagement and family skills program that brings about rapid and lasting positive change.
Step 1. Orientation
Once you’ve decided that FAST is the right program for your school or organization, the first step is contacting Families and Schools Together Inc., for start-up assistance. We have established thousands of programs around the world, and can help you set up your program structure, budget, logistics, staffing and more.
Step 2. Build Your Team
After orientation, you will select a project coordinator from within your organization to recruit your four-to-eight person FAST Team. This group includes community-based professionals, teachers, school representatives, and parents. We can advise you about the professional roles, skill sets and overall make-up of your team to maximize the impact of FAST.
Step 3. Train Your Team
Your FAST Team Members participate in a comprehensive 2-day orientation conducted by a Certified FAST Trainer. Then, with their Trainer’s guidance, the team enters the program’s recruitment phase, using home visits and other positive methods to invite families to experience the welcoming, supportive environment of FAST.
Step 4. Run the 8-Week FAST® Program
With recruitment complete, the FAST Team runs the 8-week FAST Cycle, with families attending one 2½ hour after-school or evening meeting per week. FAST Team Members facilitate the program’s evidence-based activities. Your Certified FAST Trainer will make 3 site visits to observe and advise team members. The FAST Cycle culminates in a celebratory graduation ceremony.
Step 5. Evaluate Your Team
Using the results of pre-program and post-program surveys completed by FAST Parents and Teachers, your Certified FAST Trainer helps the team evaluate the outcomes they’ve achieved and understand the impact of FAST in your community. Your team will celebrate its successes as well as identify areas for improvement. In addition, you’ll be able to use the evaluation data as a tool to secure future grants and other funds to continue running FAST to impact more families in your community.