News & Posts

  • The FAST Program’s history of promoting school safety

    Written by FAST Founder Dr. Lynn McDonald in collaboration with FAST. School safety in America is an urgent problem requiring complex solutions. While the FAST® Program cannot solve this issue, FAST is able to promote a safer school environment by collaboratively engaging parents, schools, community agencies and law enforcement– and it has been doing so […] READ MORE →


  • FAST as a substance abuse prevention strategy

    Written by Dr. Lynn McDonald in collaboration with FAST. Among the range of interventions needed to address the opioid and drug abuse crisis, community-based strategies and two-generational, whole-family preventions which build protective factors of resilience are worth investment. Protective factors, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are characteristics that reduce the likelihood […] READ MORE →


  • Center for the Study of Social Policy: Making the Link (with the Strengthening Families framework)

    The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) featured the FAST® Program in their Making the Link series, connecting the program to the Strengthening Families™ framework. Strengthening Families is a “research-informed approach” that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families by building five protective factors: Parental resilience Social connections Knowledge of parenting […] READ MORE →


  • A century-long legacy of family engagement at The Family Center of Columbus

    The Family Center of Columbus has been empowering families within the community of Columbus, Georgia, for over a century. Serving approximately 10,000 families and community members each year, the organization has been responding and adapting to local needs since it was founded in 1909. As part of an umbrella-approach to increasing family engagement, The Family Center […] READ MORE →


  • FAST in Australia

    “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 […] READ MORE →


  • OJJDP Bulletin: Families and Schools Together – Building Relationships (1999)

    The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) featured the FAST® Program in its November 1999 bulletin, written by Lynn McDonald and Heather Frey. The OJJDP also published a fact sheet by Lynn McDonald and Deborah Howard in December 1998. READ MORE →


  • Meet the Founder: Dr. Lynn McDonald

    Dr. Lynn McDonald is the creator of the internationally acclaimed family engagement program FAST® and the founder of the non-profit organization Families & Schools Together. Throughout a career that spans more than 40 years, Dr. McDonald has worked tirelessly to improve the well-being of children and families around the world using scientific research to build […] READ MORE →