News & Posts

  • A conversation about toxic stress and its effects on family dynamics with Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD [webinar]

    In preparation for FAST’s first Coffee Break with Toni webinar, we spoke with Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange, Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, about adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. Here are a few key takeaways: Uncontrollable circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic are having significant impacts on families, putting children at risk for […] READ MORE →


  • Executive Director Toni K. Rivera Joachin’s statement on the death of George Floyd

    Families and Schools Together, Inc. condemns the actions that led to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd, and to the many other families whose loved ones have been tragically killed by the police. We send prayers for peace […] READ MORE →


  • Parents as Heroes by Dr. Lynn McDonald

    Written by Dr. Lynn McDonald in collaboration with FAST Our wonderful Executive Director, Ms. Toni K. Rivera Joachin, has asked me to write for the FAST blog during this challenging time of COVID. I am grateful for this invitation, as I am very grateful for having met so many wonderful parents, team members, trainers, and supervisors across […] READ MORE →


  • Do-It-Yourself FAST Activities at Home (Actividades de FAST en Casa)

    Activities traditionally conducted during the FAST Program can be adapted at home during this period of social distancing and home quarantine. All of these activities are research-based and designed to promote family strengthening and bonding. We invite you to share your experience incorporating FAST activities into your life at home, along with any other relevant […] READ MORE →


  • FAST Values in the time of the coronavirus pandemic

    Written by Director of Research & Innovation Dr. Robyn Sperling In this time of great uncertainty, we are all, understandably, stressed and confused. As we navigate our way through a very difficult period, there are many resources we can turn to for support. From community resources for food assistance to online resources for activities to […] READ MORE →


  • COVID-19 Update

    To our FAST community: Families & Schools Together (FAST) is diligently monitoring the rapidly changing conditions of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from our international office in Madison, WI. We value the health, safety, and well-being of our children, families, partners, staff, and community, and we understand that many of our partner organizations are […] READ MORE →


  • A tradition of involvement at Focus on Community

    Focus on Community in Racine, Wisconsin, is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency with a mission “to unite our community in an effort to prevent substance abuse and inspire healthy choices.” Through a variety of research-based and model programs, Focus teaches important life skills to youth and families and provides them with the tools needed to […] READ MORE →


  • FAST at the core of One City Schools’ commitment to supporting families

    Within three weeks of starting her position as Director of Family & Community Initiatives at One City Schools in Madison, Wisconsin, Ms. Marilyn Ruffin was on a flight to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend the 2017 FAST® Training of Trainers conference – the FAST Program was to be one of the main components of her new job. Despite […] READ MORE →


  • A glimpse of FAST in Brazil

    The FAST® Program in Tremembé, the first and only city in Brazil to offer FAST, is bringing parents and schools together for the future of the child, according to Cristiana Berthoud, Secretary of Education. “I used to say that parents only exist outside the gates. They are the school community; they belong to it but don’t […] READ MORE →


  • Families & Schools Together welcomes new Executive Director

    Families & Schools Together, Inc. is extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Toni K. Rivera Joachin. Toni K. Rivera Joachin has over twenty-four years of non-profit management experience and expertise working with underserved populations, including children and families, and advocating for social justice and self-sufficiency across a variety of non-profit sectors. As a […] READ MORE →