National Association of School Psychologists Visits and Supports Turning Points for Children's FAST Program

on 04 August 2015

 

National Association of School Psychologists Visits and Supports Turning Points for Children’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program

Philadelphia, PA – March 12, 2012 —The Families and Schools Together (FAST) program of Turning Points for Children was the focus of a site visit by members of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) during their national convention in Philadelphia recently. The educational visit on February 24, 2012 at the James G. Blaine Elementary School in north Philadelphia also included the presentation of a gift to Turning Points for Children of $12, 500 by members of NASP to support the FAST program.

NASP is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. The FAST program works closely with school principals and counselors, mental health and substance abuse providers, as well as community leaders to provide parent education and family support services.

The goal of the FAST program is to strengthen families by using available resources such as partnerships by promoting parent nurturing, improving relationships and increasing children’s success in school. Participating families meet once a week for a total of eight weeks. Subsequent to the completion of the first eight sessions families continue to meet once a month over a 22 month period. The FAST program currently operates in 30 of Philadelphia's elementary schools, (including three charter schools) with specially trained facilitators. In a pilot program since Spring 2010, two schools added a math and reading component (funded through PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit) to the curriculum with very positive, measured results. 

This year celebrating its 176th year of service to our community, Turning Points for Children is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, the result of the merger of the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Society for Services to Children. In 2011 alone, they served more than 2,700 families and over 5,300 children by providing innovative programs that nurture families with children through after-school family programs, teen parent education, assistance to relative caregivers, and in-home services to children who are at risk for potential abuse and neglect. They also provide the critical resources, life skills and supportive partnerships needed to create stronger families and raise children with the hope for brighter futures.

For more information about FAST or other innovative programs of Turning Points for Children which support children and families who are economically challenged phone: 215-875-4964, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..