FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Head Start families in Chicago. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services.
The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. It provides resources, referrals & trainings to assist families and providers supporting children with autism and other developmental disabilities. RCADD patrons have the opportunity to access the lending library, identify appropriate service providers in their community, create and adapt functional activities, and take part in evidence-based trainings.