Model Program

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

2801 International Lane
Suite 212
Madison, WI 53704
http://www.familiesandschools.org

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Contact Information:
Ms. Pat Davenport
CEO
888.629.2481
pdavenport@familiesandschools.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals
Clusters/Groups
Grade Level
School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

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

Starting Date: 1988
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective 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

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • 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

Independence

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

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • 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:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts
Foundations
Organizations/Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Social Workers
SROs
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

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