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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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Our mission is to build capacity for quality early childhood education (ECE) programs by sharing knowledge about effective ECE programs and practices in support of child and family outcomes (see graphic), improving outreach and communication, and informing ECE policy and grantmaking.

Family and community engagement is critical in a child's development, school readiness, and success in school and life. Drawing from a body of research built over decades, we promote a systemic approach to family and community engagement in the earliest years of life.

Overview of Early Childhood Education

Read about our approach to early childhood education and the work we do in this field.


Learn about our research in the early childhood education field.

Publications & Resources

Access our research-based tools and publications about early childhood education.

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