Families and Schools Together (FAST)
Strong families build strong communities. This is the overarching theme of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program. At Family Services, we know that when families feel empowered they bring stability, resourcefulness and productivity to their neighborhoods.
In the pursuit of building strong communities, FAST has been designed to engage the entire family in an eight-to-10 week curriculum that facilitates parents becoming primary prevention agents for their children. The program is a school-based collaborative that exposes the family to six key elements of exercises based on scientific research:
A meal shared as a family unit
Communication games played at a family table
Kids’ time activities
A parent self-help group
One-to-one parent-child quality time
Winning as a family unit.
Upon completion of the FAST program, families participate in FASTWORKS, a monthly, parent-led, multi-family session that reinforces the progress and knowledge gained during the program. Participation in FASTWORKS increases positive parent involvement with their child’s school and community. It also provides an opportunity for parents to give and receive peer support.
FAST will be offered at Marshall Street Elementary and Stewart Middle School in the Norristown Area School District in Fall 2011.
For more information on FAST, contact Oglatha Ingram, FAST program supervisor, at 610-630-2111 ext. 226 or email@example.com.