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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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Family Engagement in the Transition to School

Considering the transition to school to be a collaborative process that involves families, preschool and kindergarten teachers, afterschool staff, and other community providers, we produce materials that help our audience frame the transition as a shared endeavor.

Professional Development

With an eye toward continuous improvement and career enrichment, HFRP provides research-based teacher preparation and professional development resources and training tools for teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and policymakers.

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

Through a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Harvard Family Research Project, in partnership with the Public Library Association, will explore the role of libraries in family engagement and children’s learning.

Human-Centered Design

Learn how a human-centered design approach opens new possibilities for educators to engage families in meaningful ways.

HFRP Interact: Join the Conversation and Explore Promising Practices

HFRP Interact is a vibrant learning community of people that share insights, strategies, and practices about family, school, and community connections in web chats, web conferences, and discussion boards.


In a hurry? Get a quick glimpse of innovative community-wide programs and practices, inventive tools, and creative partnerships that promote anywhere, anytime learning!

Building Capacity for Family Engagement in the Early Education Field

Through a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation we will use the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) to create a robust, interactive platform for sharing research and promising practices about engaging families in young children's learning and development.

Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) (COMPLETED PROJECT)

NCPFCE is one of six centers that make up Head Start’s Training and Technical Assistance system and is a partnership between the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Family Research Project. Through this partnership, we developed research-informed resources (e.g., a webinar series and a research-to-practice resource) for the Head Start community.

Preschool for California's Children (COMPLETED PROJECT)

We evaluated the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s 10-year grantmaking program to achieve voluntary quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds in California.

Family Involvement Storybook Project (COMPLETED PROJECT)

The Family Involvement Storybook Project uses children's storybooks with family educational involvement themes to boost young children's achievement. Access the resources created as part of this project by visiting the Storybook Corner.

Home Visit Forum (Completed Project)

The Home Visit Forum sought to increase delivery efficiency, develop practice benchmarks that could improve quality, and create a better understanding of the role that home visitation could play in state and national systems to help young children and their families.

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