Who We Are
F&ST (Families and Schools Together) is an internationally acclaimed program that:
– Provides evidence-based activities to support families
– Builds positive connections between families and schools
– Creates a supportive community to foster children’s well-being and education.
What We Do
The F&ST Program brings multiple families together once a week in dynamic after-school gatherings. In each session, a trained F&ST Team guides families through a structured agenda of activities that enhance parenting skills and reduce family stress while encouraging family bonding.
Advantages of the F&ST Program
The cumulative effects of F&ST can change the course of children’s lives. After a single 8-week F&ST Cycle, children show improvement with their emotions at home and at school. Parent-child bonding strengthens, academic performance improves, and children get along better with their parents and with their peers.
In short, F&ST applies research and evidence-based family therapy practices to promote the full potential of every child.
“we have witnessed the empowerment and sense of relief associated with the formation of meaningful, lasting partnerships.”
– J. Hutchison, Principal of Rockwood Elementary School
“(F&ST) contributions are going to be long lasting for the school community for years to come.”
– Lyette Carrière, Principal of Ecole Provencher
How to apply
For more information, please contact:
204-947-1401 ext 248
204-947-1401 ext 227
There is no cost to families. Participating School Divisions contribute to program costs. Schools contribute space and staff time.
Families and Schools Together (F&ST) program is developed by Dr. Lynn McDonald in 1988 is offered in more than 20 countries – from Australia to Central Asia and Scotland to Brazil. F&ST has been offered in Winnipeg, many communities in Manitoba and throughout Canada since 1996.
F&ST is endorsed by the Canadian School Boards Association, the Canadian Teacher’ Federation and the Canadian Association of Principals.
The Canadian Public Health Agency lists F&ST on their Best Practices Portal.