Model Program

FAST Track

Pennsylvania State University
S112B Henderson Building South
University Park, PA 16802-6504
http://www.fasttrackproject.org/

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Contact Information:
Mark T. Greenberg, PhD
Director
814.863.0112
prevention@psu.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

FAST Track is a comprehensive and long-term prevention program that aims to prevent chronic and severe conduct problems for high-risk children, with intensive interventions at school entry and from elementary to middle school. It is based on the view that antisocial behavior stems from the interaction of multiple influences, and it includes the school, the home, and the individual in its intervention. FAST Track's main goals are to increase communication and bonds between these three domains; enhance childrens' social, cognitive, and problem-solving skills; improve peer relationships; and ultimately decrease disruptive behavior in the home and school.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low contact with school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Fast Track has been evaluated through a randomized clinical trial involving 50 elementary schools in four U.S. urban and rural locations with data collected post-intervention in the 1st grade and at the end of the 2nd and 3rd grades. Compared to control groups, intervention children had significantly lower rates of special education assignment, significantly lower serious conduct problems, and improvement in aggression and oppositional behavior. Parents participating in the program, compared to the control group, showed more maternal involvement in school activities.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level