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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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Research Areas

Complementary Learning

Linking families, schools, and communities to support success in school and in life.

Family Involvement

Promoting strategies to support family involvement in children’s learning and development.

Out-of-School Time

Supporting the accessibility, quality, and sustainability of out-of-school time programs and initiatives.

Early Childhood Education

Promoting innovative program development, family–provider relationships, community collaborations, & successful transitions.


Helping organizations get the information they need to develop and execute effective strategies.

Other Research Areas

Exploring new ideas and research areas.

New at HFRP

New ways to think about your work with families

Learn more about a free webinar and blog to grow new ideas in family engagement!

Learning Pathways: Leading Our Children to Success in School and Life

Read the newest blogpost from Harvard Family Research Project highlighting the potential for creating learning pathways for children and families anywhere, anytime.

Learning Everywhere: Family Engagement in Libraries

Join us as we celebrate Teen Read Week and National Friends of Libraries Week, honoring library contributions to encourage family engagement and lifelong learning.

How to Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences (Chicago Tribune, October 6, 2016)

Parents  want to maximize the time they spend with their children’s teachers during  parent-teacher conferences; experts share how to do so.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Outdated or Underutilized? (Education Update, ASCD, September 2016)

Learn how innovative approaches to parent-teacher conferences allow schools and families to build meaningful relationships and support students’ learning more effectively.

New Report on Family Engagement in Public Libraries From Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association


FINE Newsletter: Family Engagement in Children’s Learning Through Libraries

Family engagement takes place anywhere, anytime children learn—especially in the library! Learn more about how libraries are supporting family engagement in this issue of the FINE Newsletter.

FINE Newsletter: Formula for Success: Engaging Families in Early Math Learning

Explore resources related to family engagement in mathematics in this special FINE Issue!

Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s A Family Thing

We are building an IDEABOOK to promote family engagement in public libraries! Learn more and find (and share) promising practices.

Create Your Own Case Toolkit

A new professional development toolkit that promotes family engagement by helping those who work with families create their own cases!

Key Resources

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