The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times empowers families and promotes student success in South Madison, Wisconsin

5/30/17

Madison, Wis. (May 30, 2017) – Families & Schools Together, Inc. received a generous grant in the amount of $10,000 from The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times. The grant will support the pilot of FAST®, the evidence-based parent engagement program, at One City Early Learning Centers in South Madison, Wisconsin. This investment is bolstered by a 1:2 challenge grant from the Madison Community Foundation.

One City is an affordable, accessible, and quality preschool that takes a two-generation community impact approach to cultivate healthy and successful children. With the highest concentration of poverty in Dane County, South Madison has a great need for FAST.

“We applaud The Evjue Foundation for its support of the One City FAST Partnership,” said Carol Goedken, CEO and Executive Director of Families & Schools Together, Inc. “The grant will strengthen families and family-school-community partnerships to increase school readiness and narrow the achievement gap among participating children.”

Families & Schools Together and One City will ensure an effective implementation of FAST, which uses evidence-based family strengthening activities to improve child behavior and socio-emotional development. In line with the two-generation approach, as well as resilience and social capital theories, FAST reinforces the building of social supports and economic opportunities to improve family and child resiliency and reduce toxic stress, ultimately supporting child behavior and school success.

The Evjue Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of The Capital Times, a progressive voice for news, information and opinion for more than 98 years. The foundation provides funds to many educational, cultural, and charitable causes that add so much to the quality of life in Madison and Dane County. The foundation’s finances are derived from the controlling stock in The Capital Times Co. held by the late William T. Evjue — the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper — and the foundation’s investments. The community and the university have received gifts and grants totaling more than $57 million since Mr. Evjue’s death in 1970.

Families & Schools Together, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin whose mission is the development and worldwide dissemination of the FAST® Program. Founded in 1988 by scientific researcher and Professor of Social Work Dr. Lynn McDonald, the internationally-acclaimed FAST Program is built on a strong platform of developmental and behavioral science and consistently produces statistically significant improvements in children’s behavior, emotional well-being, and academic performance. FAST empowers parents to build social capital among schools and communities, and helps them strengthen their role as leaders within the family as well as in the community. By establishing these networks of support, families are more able to actively engage in their child’s education, leading to improved academic and developmental outcomes. To learn more about Families & Schools Together, Inc. and the FAST Program, click here.