“We were convinced the FAST Program strengthened families and the parent-child bond. It improved the academic performance of children in school.”
Official from the Ministry of Public Education, Uzbekistan
Since 1988, Families and Schools Together has transformed families and improved the lives of children across cultures, languages and socio-economic classes around the world. In more than 20 countries – from Australia to Central Asia and Scotland to Brazil – FAST® has been rigorously tested and proven effective in strengthening bonds between parents and children, increasing children’s success in school, reducing the stress and isolation of families, and decreasing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse. Learn more about the statistically significant outcomes of FAST.
Universal Values: Why FAST® Works Everywhere
One key to the worldwide success of FAST is the program’s universal values – especially the belief that all parents love their children and want the very best for them. Respect and empowerment for parents is woven into every aspect of the FAST Program.
Another important contributor to the program’s far-reaching impact is its adaptability to local circumstances. Up to 60% of FAST programming can and should be adapted to suit the needs and priorities of the locale. In addition, the teams who run FAST Programs at the local level must reflect the culture, ethnicity, language, gender balance and social class of the families being served.
As a result of its research foundation and evidence-based practices, FAST has produced consistent positive outcomes around the world, and is particularly effective at reaching low-income, stressed and isolated families. In fact, FAST has one of the highest retention rates among early intervention parenting skills programs: 80% of families who attend one session will successfully complete the entire 8-week program.
To learn more contact the international headquarters, Families and Schools Together, Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin.
“(FAST) allows parents to get involved in school in a way they wouldn’t have necessarily done before … It is a recipe for success in enhancing the school community.”
Head Teacher, United Kingdom
FAST® International Partners
Middlesex University, London
A FAST UK Office has been established at Middlesex University to coordinate training of FAST Implementation Teams and Trainers with the intent of creating a lasting legacy for early intervention and parental support throughout the United Kingdom. Working in partnership with Save the Children, UK, FAST is being implemented in schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Save the Children has adopted FAST as one of four signature programs addressing child poverty in the UK.
FAST® in Australia
A FAST Office was established in Australia in 1996, and the FAST Program has since been implemented across the country. The FAST Program in Australia helps children succeed academically and socially in remote, rural and urban communities in the Northern Territories. The FAST Teams in Australia have also successfully adapted FAST to help serve the Aborigine communities.
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations®
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR), a non-profit organization that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems, is exploring the potential impact of FAST in countries around the world. By assessing cultural fit and conducting pilot implementations of FAST, TIHR works to support sustainable change and ongoing learning.
“We made new friends. We danced. There were many celebrations. It was interesting.”
FAST Child, Central Asia