Families and Schools Together® – Early Childhood Education Level
FAST – Early Childhood Education Level is designed to serve families with children birth to age 5. Additional family members, including siblings and grandparents, are invited to attend multi-family group sessions.
FAST – Early Childhood Education Level is delivered over 8 weekly multi-family group sessions of 10–15 families. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Families must attend at least six sessions to graduate. After graduating FAST, parents can attend monthly FASTWORKS sessions. FASTWORKS sessions are typically offered for 24 months.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
FAST – Early Childhood Education Level is delivered in early childhood centers, after-school settings, or community settings. Typically, groups are made up of families whose children are in the same classroom, grade level, or school.
Education, Certifications and Training
FAST – Early Childhood Education Level is initiated by a lead agency, which is typically a school or community-based organization, that is responsible for coordinating team members. It is delivered by at least five team members. The team includes one mother partner and one father partner, who are graduates of the program or have an infant or toddler enrolled at the center or school; one center partner who is a teacher or assistant at the center or school; and two community partners with expertise in mental health, substance abuse, or other challenges families in the community may experience. Teams can also include a grandparent partner, a recreational coordinator to facilitate Kids Time, and volunteers to provide childcare to participating families. Teams must be representative of participating families in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, and language. FASTWORKS is led by parent partners who have graduated from the program.
All team members participate in an initial 2-day training with a certified trainer. Following training, the trainer supports the team as they implement their first 8-week FAST cycle, including direct observation of three sessions. Following the 8-week cycle, the team participates in a final 1-day training with the trainer.
FAST team members who wish to become certified FAST Trainers can participate in a 5-day training and complete a training internship over the course of an 8-week FAST multi-family group session. Trainers are required to re-certify every 3 years.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
McDonald, L. (2020). Early childhood education (ECE) FAST. Families and Schools Together, Inc.
FAST – Early Childhood Education Level materials are available in English.
Other supporting materials
For More Information
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