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

What We Do

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The FAST® Program

The FAST Program is an internationally-acclaimed parent engagement program that supports the family bonding 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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The FAST® Institute

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, this workshop helps schools to create a more welcoming environment for all families.

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Additional Training & Services

Families & Schools Together offers additional training and other services as part of the FAST Trainer certification process and to expand support for FAST Providers, including the annual Training of Trainers event, on demand Specialized Trainings, and an Evaluations & Services package.

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Why It Works

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 by integrating new scientific findings and research into what we do. Learn More

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Recent FAST® Updates

WI Principals: The FAST Program supports child mental health and family-school connectedness, qualifying it for federal COVID-relief funds. We created this resource to help you get started ➡️

Here's what Joyce Felker, Executive Director of The Parenting Network in Milwaukee, said about the program: “During this time of COVID, families are feeling very isolated. So even to have a staff person stop by their house to drop off food [for FAST at Home] – it feels like a connection, like there’s a real person, and that’s really been helpful to them. Meeting them through Zoom and meeting other families has provided a sense of support. They’re not alone. And we know that’s one of the biggest challenges for families even under normal circumstances, that feeling of isolation.”

Contact the FAST Office for more information.

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