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Families and Schools Together (FAST)

2801 International Lane
Suite 212
Madison, WI 53704
Contact Information
Ms. Pat Davenport

Program Specifications


Prevention, Intervention

Age/Grade Level:

All Ages





Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City, Tribal

Target Groups:

Individuals, Clusters/Groups, Grade Level, School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:



FAST is an award-winning prevention/early intervention after-school program that has dramatically changed the learning climate at schools and communities all over the world. The program was founded by researcher and social worker, Dr. Lynn McDonald in 1988 and has been implemented in over 2000 communities in 46 States and 8 countries. FAST has changed the way many people think of parent Involvement, interventions, and how to keep kids safe, drug-free, and in school.

Program Descriptors Include:

Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Community Collaboration, Early Childhood Education, Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

December 3rd, 2010

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family Factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School Factors

  • Student engagement

Community Factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Foundations, Organizations/Agencies

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Social Workers, SROs, Parents

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
FAST has proven to reduce substance abuse, reduce special education referrals, reduce dropout rates, and decrease likelihood of child abuse/neglect.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: