FAST Initiative


Shared goal(s): Establish or Sustain community learning hubs/pods/academic-childcare collaborative


Formed Summer 2020, the Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative strives to bring community partners together to help address the childcare crisis facing our community. FAST is a collaboration of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), WakeEd Partnership, and key out of school time childcare providers and community organizations in Wake County. FAST’s primary goal is to ensure that all families in Wake County have support for remote learning during the work day, these staffed small-group and socially distanced learning centers will provide physical activity and extended learning opportunities as well.

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Lead organization partners: Wake County Public School System, WakeEd Partnership, the YMCA of the Triangle, Marbles Kids Museum, Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Wake County, and the Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Department of the City of Raleigh

Kinds of organization: Direct Service Non-profit Organization, Financial Intermediary, Government Entity, Museum, School/School District

Participant population: Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning, Physical Activity/Recreation/Playtime, School Remote/Virtual/Online Classes

Primary funding source: Corporate Sponsorship (including in-kind donations, matching gifts, volunteer program), Earned Income (from sale of products or services), Private Philanthropic Foundation



Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Spring 2021 (Academic Year), Winter 2020 (Academic Year)

Location: North Carolina

Total capacity: 5,000

Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance, Physical distancing

How do you address inequity? 

The partnership is committed that all Wake County families have access to safe, affordable childcare for the 2020-2021 school year. Financial assistance or reduced rate programs for families who need assistance is available.

Contact information: 

Kim Keith, Vice President of Youth Development, YMCA of the Triangle,


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