In the United States a Family Maths Project grew from the successful EQUALS programme, which was designed to assist classroom teachers, councellors, and administrators to attract young girls and young women and keep them in mathematical courses so that they could enter maths- based occupations. The Family Maths Project, Australia (FAMPA), established in 1985, was adapted from this. It aims to bring parents, schools and community together in an educational partnership to improve understanding of mathematics and to ensure that all children (girls and boys) acquire mathematically-related skills and knowledge to meet the demands of employment and technology. It aims to improve confidence and attitudes towards maths by making maths an enjoyable and co-operative experience.