Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T)

Guiding at risk children in postive directions.

Families and Schools Together (FAST) has been strengthening families in San Antonio since 1993. Today, FAST serves 3 elementary schools and 3 Head Start centers in Bexar County. In a collaborative effort among schools, Family Service Association and families, FAST focuses on children at risk for school failure, juvenile delinquency and substance abuse in adolescence. FAST brings parents, children, teachers and schools together to enhance family functioning and communication, support parents and children in stress-reduction techniques and increase parental participation in the schools. FAST builds self-esteem in children and helps them develop resilience to negative social influences.

This year, over 1,000 children, parents and their families will benefit from these FAST services:

  • eight-week family strengthening program
  • two-year Phase II support group with monthly activities for the families
  • individual and family counseling
  • assessment and referral
  • information and presentations on literacy, substance use prevention and other topics
  • assessments and intervention counseling

FAST in the Elementary Schools

Edgewood ISD South San Antonio ISD Northside ISD
Loma Elementary (FASTWORKS) Athens Elementary Cable Elementary
    Carnahan (FASTWORKS)

FAST in Early Childhood Centers

Burleson ECEC (FASTWORKS) Stafford ECEC
Jose Cardenas ECEC  

Funding sources for FAST include the City of San Antonio, private foundations, corporations, and school districts.