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FINE Newsletter, Volume I, Issue 1
Issue Topic: Home–School Communication

Family Involvement News

We at Harvard Family Research Project are committed to keeping you up-to-date on what's new in family involvement.  This list of links to current reports, articles, events, and opportunities will help you stay on top of what's happening in the family involvement field.

New From Harvard Family Research Project

  • FINE Forum Newsletters Available Online

    Archives of HFRP’s FINE Forum are now online. A biannual e-newsletter that profiled program models and promising practices to engage families and communities, the FINE Forum highlights the voices of diverse stakeholders in family–school partnerships, including parents, teachers, students, school and community leaders, and university faculty.

  • Winter Reading List

    Complementary Learning: Recommended and Related Readings is part of Harvard Family Research Project’s ongoing efforts to document the growing momentum for and approaches toward complementary learning. With new entries just added, this annotated bibliography compiles publications from the many organizations and individuals who are working to ensure that children have all the resources and skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Articles & Reports

  • Parents Important in the Transition to High School

    A recent report from the Education Commission of the States reviews research about supporting ninth grade students in their transition to high school. The report presents predictors both of student success and of failure in the ninth grade and shares a number of recommendations for supportive approaches and policies, in which parents play an important role.

  • Parent Involvement During Preschool Has Ongoing Impact

    A research brief from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3–11 project in England shares findings from a follow-up of children at the end of primary school, or age 11. Findings suggest that a child’s home learning environment during the preschool period had an influence on child academic and behavioral outcomes at age 7 and at age 11.

  • The Role of Parents in Building Early Literacy Skills

    A new report from the National Early Literacy Panel, “Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel, A Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Intervention,” presents a meta-analysis of research and recommendations for early childhood educators on promoting foundational literacy skills. The report addresses the role of parents in helping to foster such skills.

  • Creating, Finding, and Using Family Involvement Data

    Child Trends has released a new publication: A Guide to Resources for Creating, Locating, and Using Child and Youth Indicator Data. The guide includes a number of resources related to parent involvement and the family context of child development.

  • Parents Involved in Efforts to Stem Dropout Rates

    A recent article in The New York Times profiled a new year-long effort to reduce dropout rates in New Jersey. New Jersey High School Graduation Campaign, part of national initiative of the Washington-based children’s advocacy group America’s Promise Alliance, aims to bring community support to schools and families as part of a comprehensive effort to increase graduation rates among the state’s high school students.

Policy Resources

  • Australian Government Releases New Family–School Partnerships Framework

    Australia is making important strides in national family involvement policy. The country just formed a new Family–School & Community Partnerships Bureau, and it has recently announced that all Australian schools and parent associations will receive a copy of the Family–School Partnerships Framework. This framework will help schools build effective partnerships with families and their communities. The framework sets out the principles of effective partnerships and highlights strategies that schools and parents can use to guide and develop partnerships.

  • Parent Involvement Among Diverse Families in the UK

    The Department of Children, Schools and Families in the United Kingdom has released a new report on the effect of parent involvement at home on child educational outcomes. The Impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s Education presents findings from a 2007 survey of parents in different ethnic communities in the United Kingdom. Findings confirm the importance of parent involvement in child’s success at school and show that involvement varies according to ethnicity, work status, and marriage status.


  • Strengthening Fathers, Strengthening Families

    The 10th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, March 2–5, 2009. The conference is meant to enhance the skills of those working with fathers and families, including, among others, parents, direct service workers, management and executive level staff, researchers, and faith-based organizations.

This article is part of the January 2009 FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family involvement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the FINE Newsletter Archive, visit

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