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 Parent Outreach Program is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. It offers free employment readiness, financial literacy, and family literacy workshops for parents at Head Start sites. It also offers employment readiness, restorative justice, and other programming for youth during the summer.