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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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As complementary learning takes root across the country, Complementary Learning in Action shares innovative examples and lessons learned from those initiatives. This series documents the ways that diverse cities, counties, and states are employing complementary learning approaches to serve children across ages and across settings. It highlights key themes and emerging strategies to help build knowledge and inform others in the field.

The goals of this project are to:

  • Illustrate how complementary learning works in real places across the country
  • Share emerging themes about successful practices, common challenges, and strategies for overcoming challenges
  • Explore evaluation approaches and findings
  • Stimulate discussion about creating and sustaining complementary learning

Do you know of a promising or innovative complementary learning initiative? If so, we invite you to share examples from your communities and elsewhere. These examples will inform Complementary Learning in Action as well as other ongoing projects. We are looking for initiatives that:

  • Provide connected, comprehensive systems of support for children's learning and development
  • Link multiple institutions, including schools, after school programs, families, early childhood programs, health and social services, and community-based resources such as libraries and museums
  • Occur at any scale and scope, including city-wide, neighborhood-wide, and statewide

Please email the name, location, and the reasons for your nomination to with the subject “Complementary Learning Nomination.”

Project Director

  • Heather B. Weiss, HFRP Director

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