Nurturing the inherent potential of every child by uniting families, schools, and communities

Together, we can build stronger families.

For Children & Families

The FAST® Program is an internationally acclaimed family engagement program that empowers parents and supports the relationship-building necessary for children to thrive. By applying research and evidence-based family therapy practices, this program promotes the full potential of every child.

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For Schools & Educators

The FAST® Institute of Family Engagement trains school staff to partner with families in support of children’s education and well-being. By blending best practices in teacher training and family and community engagement, sessions help schools create a welcoming environment for all families.

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For Providers & Members

In addition to training and services provided by the FAST Office, we are expanding support for program providers and “members” by developing a resource library to streamline access to resources, materials, and paperwork related to their program(s) and family engagement interests.

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FAST was one of the first prevention and early intervention programs to develop practical applications for adult and children’s mental health research findings. Today, our organization continues to evolve and improve our work in family engagement by integrating new scientific findings and research into our programs. LEARN MORE

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News & Updates

  • Preparing, supporting, and training educators to engage families with the FAST Institute
    “Is anyone else in here trained as a teacher?” Dr. Robyn Sperling, former school teacher and current Director of Research and Innovation at Families & Schools Together, asked at the 2019 FAST Training of Trainers conference. She counted the hands […]
  • Families & Schools Together introduces new Executive Director/CEO
    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nicole Lopez Purkapile, Ed.D., as the new Executive Director/CEO of Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST). Nicole has more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, on top of years of […]
  • Beware: The official FAST Facebook page has been hacked
    Update: As of March 28, 2023, we created a new official FAST page on Facebook. Some of our most recent posts have been re-posted to the new page. You can like/follow the new official page here: Update: As of […]
  • Families & Schools Together applauds Evers’ renewed investment
    Says it reflects parents across the state who are asking for more of the expert family engagement program Madison, Wis., Feb. 15, 2023 — Toni Rivera, Executive Director of Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST), offered thanks for the Governor’s […]

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