Families & Schools Together, Inc. is committed to providing early intervention/prevention programs that meet the highest standards of evidence for efficacy in theory and in practice. Based on highly respected theoretical models, the FAST® Program applies research findings to produce statistically significant improvements in children’s behavior and academic performance while building social capital among families, schools and communities.

FAST is built on the foundation of the following social, behavioral and physiological science:

Social Ecological Theory

Social ecology theory suggests that children develop within a multi-layered “ecosystem” that naturally supports their ability to bond and develop. Numerous studies indicate that when social ecology zones are disturbed, children begin to exhibit stress and behavioral variance that compensates for or exaggerates their condition.

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  • Family Flag
  • Special Play
  • Buddy Time
  • Kids Time

Family Stress Theory

Family stress theory defines and explores the periodic, acute stressors that happen to all families. When these stressors become frequent or if the individual or family lacks the support of significant relationships, an accumulating residue of insecurity can lead to personal and family crises, including physical, emotional, or relational trauma.

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  • Parent Group
  • Family Meal
  • FAST Hello

Family Systems Theory

Family systems theory establishes a series of "normal" and natural interactions within and between families that builds cohesion and stability. Many researchers have demonstrated optimal and effective mechanics in everyday lives that help bring children into alignment...

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  • Feeling Charades
  • Lottery
  • Family Meal

Parent Empowerment

Parent empowerment is a core concept of the FAST® program, as is the conviction that parents are capable of being the primary teachers and nurturers for their own children.

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  • Family Flag
  • Family Scribbles
  • Affirmations
  • Graduation

Community Development

Parent and child accountability within the family is reinforced by accountability factors between families. Isolated, insecure families experience the most behavioral disorders; the children of these families are most at risk.

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  • FASTWORKS®
  • Music & FAST Song
  • Kids Time

Brain Development Research

The science of brain physiology and development has advanced significantly in recent years as we have gained a clearer understanding of the impact of early life experiences on a child’s ability to learn, develop healthy relationships, and eventually lead a productive, fulfilling life.

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  • Special Play
  • Family Meal
  • FAST Hello

Social Capital

Social capital refers to relations of trust, mutual expectations, and shared values embedded in social networks. Social capital has value for individuals because it provides an avenue for exchange of information and support as it encourages the emergence and enforcement of social norms.

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  • FASTWORKS®
  • Parent Group
  • Closing Circle & Announcements
  • Music & FAST Song

Risk & Resiliency

The logic model for the FAST® Program is based on risk and resiliency factors. These primary personal drivers of prevention and intervention keep children on a safe course as they grow. Risk factors can be seen as variables that, when present, cause families to experience more stress, which in turn...

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  • Feeling Charades
  • Closing Circle & Announcements
  • Lottery
  • Kids Time