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Bring FAST® to your community.
Launching a prevention and early intervention program like FAST can seem daunting. You’re wondering where to begin, what resources you’ll need, and how to run the program correctly and efficiently. We have reassuring news for you:
We are here to help.
Families & Schools Together can help you build a FAST Program that’s scientifically proven to help children, families, and communities thrive.
Our program staff is dedicated to helping you with every aspect of launching and running FAST – from budget projections and logistical advice to recommendations for building the FAST Team and introducing FAST to community and school leaders. In addition, Families & Schools Together will provide you with training, educational materials, and supplies.
As a principal, teacher, social worker, community or district leader, you may be seeking funding to bring FAST® to your school and to build long-term and effective family engagement programming to your community. Based on decades of experience working with local schools, districts and community organizations, Families & Schools Together created a resource guide to help you research and secure funding for your non-profit or school. Click here to view/download the FAST Funding Guide.
It is important to remember that raising funds and securing support for FAST is all about building a network of support in your community. In fact, this network will prove powerful and effective in helping your organization, school, district and your families and children to thrive in the long-term. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any support as you seek funding.
The following steps outline the process to get FAST started in your community. Throughout this process, you will receive support from both Families & Schools Together and your FAST Trainer to ensure that you can establish a strong FAST program.
Step 1: Orientation
Once you’ve decided that FAST is the right program for your school or organization, the first step is contacting Families & Schools Together for start-up assistance. We can help you set up your program structure, budget, logistics, staffing and more.
Step 2: Build Your Team
After orientation, you will select a project coordinator from within your organization to recruit your four-to-eight person FAST Team. This group includes parents, community-based professionals, school representatives, among others. We can advise you about the professional roles, skill sets and overall make-up of your team to maximize the impact of FAST.
Step 3: Train Your Team
Your FAST Team Members participate in a comprehensive 2-day orientation conducted by a Certified FAST Trainer. Then, with their Trainer’s guidance, the team enters the program’s recruitment phase, using home visits and other positive methods to invite families to experience the welcoming, supportive environment of FAST.
Step 4: Run the FAST® Program
With recruitment complete, the FAST Team runs the FAST Cycle, with families attending one 2½ hour after-school or evening meeting per week. FAST Team Members facilitate the program’s evidence-based activities. Your Certified FAST Trainer will make 3 site visits to observe and advise team members. The FAST Cycle culminates in a celebratory graduation ceremony.
Step 5: Evaluate Your Team
Using the results of pre- and post-program surveys, your Certified FAST Trainer helps the team evaluate the outcomes they’ve achieved and understand the impact of FAST in your community. Your team will celebrate its successes as well as identify areas for improvement. In addition, you’ll be able to use the evaluation report as a tool to secure future grants and other funds to continue running FAST to impact more families in your community.
FAST Program Resources
The FAST Brochure offers a brief overview of the program. Click here to view/download the FAST Brochure.
The FAST Logic Model helps to visually explain how FAST works and what is required to achieve positive change. The information on the left demonstrates how inputs and activities included as part of the FAST Program lead to short, intermediate, and long-term outcomes (listed on the right) for participants and communities served.FAST_Logic Model
Applying the FAST Logic Model:
- Helps outline how FAST achieves positive outcomes to stakeholders including school principals, administrators and social service agency leaders
- Provides funders, who are increasingly interested in program activities and associated outcomes a visual outline of activities and results
- As a tool to review the implementation process (during or after implementation), to facilitate discussion and to ensure that FAST is implemented to the highest fidelity
- Provides a visual map for Team Members to efficiently demonstrate how FAST functions in theory, and how program activities ultimately lead to positive program outcomes
FAST Institute Resources
Families & Schools Together will be starting an initial round of FAST Institute pilots during the 2019-20 school year. We plan to expand the program beyond our local community, to be available to schools and districts around the country, over the next couple of years. If you are interested in learning more or want to be notified when the FAST Institute becomes widely available, please contact us.
The FAST Institute One-Pager offers a brief overview of the program. Click here to view/download the FAST Institute One-Pager.
The FAST Institute Logic Model helps to visually explain how the FAST Institute works and what is required to achieve positive change. The information on the left demonstrates how inputs and activities as part of the FAST Institute lead to short and long-term outcomes (listed on the right) for schools and families served.FAST Institute Logic Model