Family Strengthening brings parents, children, teachers and schools together to support healthy family functioning and communication, support parents and children in stress-reduction techniques and increase parental participation in the schools. Family Strengthening aims to build self-esteem in children and helps them develop resilience to negative social influences through family-focused curriculum—Read And Rise, and Families and Schools Together.
Since 1993, Families and Schools Together (FAST) has strengthened families in San Antonio. Today, FAST serves three elementary schools and three Head Start centers in Bexar County. In a collaborative effort among schools, families and Family Service Association, FAST focuses on children at risk for school failure, juvenile delinquency and substance abuse in adolescence. This year, over 800 children, parents and their families will benefit from these FAST services: