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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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A complementary learning approach provides and aligns these beneficial opportunities: 

  • Effective schools
  • Supportive families and opportunities for family engagement
  • Early childhood programs
  • Out-of-school time activities (including sports, arts, mentoring programs, etc.)
  • Health and social services
  • Community-based institutions (including community centers, faith-based institutions, cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, and partnerships with the business community)
  • Colleges and universities

We are working to stimulate national discussion and build knowledge about complementary learning. To this end, we:

  • Profile examples of complementary learning, highlighting lessons and insights for others in the field
  • Help policymakers, foundations, and school leaders develop complementary learning strategies
  • Organize conferences and present in national forums  
  • Create tools to help professionals build connections among families, educators, out-of-school time staff, early childhood providers, and other complementary learning stakeholders
  • Examine and share approaches to evaluating linked services

Complementary learning is a core principle of HFRP’s work, and is reflected in our projects in out-of-school time, family involvement, and early childhood education. To learn more about complementary learning connections within and among these areas, navigate to the Publications & Resources section any research area to browse our publications that feature complementary learning.

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