Life-changing transformations for children through parent engagement and family strengthening

FAST® and FASTWORKS® consistently produce statistically-significant improvements in children’s behavior, emotional well-being and academic performance while building social capital among families, schools and communities. These positive outcomes persist and even increase over time.

At hundreds of sites involving thousands of families, FAST has been shown to:

Improve the quality of children’s lives 

Better parent/child relationships 

  • 67% of FAST Parents say they have a better relationship with their FAST Child

More positive relationships with peers

  • 43% of FAST Parents and 40% of teachers say that FAST Children engage in more prosocial behaviors
  • 40% of FAST Parents and 33% of teachers say that FAST Children have fewer problems with peers

Fewer emotional symptoms and better conduct

  • 19% fewer emotional symptoms, 17% fewer conduct problems and 12% less hyperactivity among FAST Children, according to FAST Parents
  • Overall impact of children’s behavior difficulties declines by 30%, according to FAST Parents

Strengthen families and empower parents

Family conflict declines by nearly 20%

49% of FAST Parents say that they are better able to care for and nurture their child

45% of FAST Parents feel that their family is more cohesive

“FAST is such a part of who I am now. FAST opened so many doors for me. I was at home with my children when I was attending the program. After the program – and then becoming a Coordinator – I was given a job at the school to support families and run playgroups. FAST has helped me to become more confident in myself, and I am doing things I never thought I would do.”

–FAST Australia Parent Graduate and Coordinator. Read more about FAST in Australia on our blog.

Help schools succeed

Better school performance with fewer problem behaviors

  • Teachers report that FAST improves children’s academic performance, attendance and attitude toward school

More positive interactions between parents and teachers

  • 45% of parents report improvements in parent to school contact
  • 45% of teachers say they have better relationships with parents
  • 21% of teachers report sending fewer negative reports home to parents

Increased parental school involvement

  • 53% of parents say they’re more involved in their children’s education
  • 54% of teachers see noticeable improvements in parental school involvement

Fewer emotional symptoms and behavior problems among FAST Children

Promotion of school safety

  • FAST builds protective factors, increases social capital and cultivates trusting relationships among children and families
  • This leads to the reduction of social marginalization, social isolation and stress

Build social capital

Improved relationships among parents

  • 70% of FAST Parents report improvement in total social relationships.
  • 46% increase in reciprocal social support among FAST Parents

Improved community relationships and knowledge of community resources

  • 64% of FAST Parents report improvement in community relationships

Better knowledge of the impact and management of drug and alcohol abuse

  • 28% of FAST Parents report a better understanding of the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse
  • 31% of FAST Parents report improvement in their ability to recognize addiction
  • 33% of FAST Parents report improvement in knowing where to get help if addicted

“I’ve seen families come in as just a way for them to get a free meal, or a way for them to win a gift bag … That was the first thing that drew them to FAST. After a few weeks, you start to see the relationships with their kids really begin to develop, and you see them making friends in a bigger social support system within the school or the community that they live in. They start to realize the impact it’s having on their life, so that makes them want to keep coming back.”

-FAST Program Director at The Family Center in Columbus, Georgia, USA. Read more about FAST at The Family Center on our blog.