Across the United States – in urban, inner city and rural settings – FAST® (Families and Schools Together) is creating far-reaching positive changes for children, families, schools and entire communities. From Appalachia to inner city Philadelphia and rural Kansas to Los Angeles, this evidence-based prevention/intervention program is improving child well-being, turning around low-performing schools, and building the social capital needed to help families thrive. Learn more about the statistically significant outcomes of FAST.
FAST U.S. Partners
Just as families benefit from strong relationships that help them thrive, Families and Schools Together, Inc. values the relationships that we have with many partner organizations throughout the United States. These collaborations bring together diverse groups with expertise in many disciplines to study the impact of the FAST® Progam, explore new ways to help more families, and support innovative initiatives that improve the well-being of children. The organizations listed below are just a few of our longstanding partners.
Turning Points for Children
Turning Points for Children is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative programs that nurture families with children who are struggling against difficult economic and environmental odds. Since 1835, Turning Points for Children has been providing prevention and child welfare services, and currently serves more than 2,000 families and 5,000 children annually. Turning Points for Children has been running the FAST Program in inner-city Philadelphia schools for more than a decade, and is one of five major partners in the five-year, $15-million i3: Investing in Family Engagement research project. The organization is working to implement FAST in 90 elementary schools, making it the largest provider of the FAST Program in the United States.
Turning Points for Children has built a community of enthusiastic FAST supporters; annually the organization holds a fund-raising picnic as a part of FASTWORKS® that draws more than 500 attendees.
Learn more about Families and Schools Together, Inc.’s partnership with TP4C here.
Berea College Partners for Education
Partners for Education at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, utilize a place-based, student-focused approach to improve educational outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. Since 2011, the organization’s family engagement team has facilitated FAST Programs for elementary, middle school and high school students, and supports a vibrant FAST Community as well as robust participation in FASTWORKS®.
Learn more about Families and Schools Together, Inc.’s partnership with Berea College Partners for Education here.
Missouri Local Investment Commission (LINC)
The Local Investment Commission is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families throughout the state. For the past 12 years, LINC has run FAST Programs for elementary, middle school and high school students. Learn more about Families and Schools Together, Inc.’s partnership with LINC here.
Family and Children First Council (FCFC)
Family and Children First Council of Cleveland, Ohio, is the policy and planning entity for children and families in Cuyahoga County. All the major public child serving agencies, health departments, schools, funders, community providers, parents, advocacy networks are members of the Council. FCFC has been running FAST Programs since 2002, serving pre-kindergarten and elementary level children and their families.
Learn more about Families and Schools Together, Inc.’s partnership with FCFC here.