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FINE Newsletter, Volume I, Issue 4
Issue Topic: Family Engagement as a Shared Responsibility

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 research and resources from HFRP and other field leaders.

New From Harvard Family Research Project

  • A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning
    A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning was developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. This tool takes users through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and how.

Articles & Reports

  • Parent Involvement in One Prekindergarten Program
    Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has published findings from the third year in an evaluation of a prekindergarten program featuring, among other factors, activities to strengthen parent involvement. The Year 3 report describes how parent involvement efforts evolved over time in the 3-year initiative in Palm Beach County.
  • Father Involvement in the Early Years Influence Later School Success
    Recent research from the University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlights the importance of fathers’ early engagement in their children’s learning and development. Researchers found that there is a clear relationship between the extent to which a father is involved early in a child’s life and how much he is involved once his child is in school.
  • The Role of Family in Youth Disconnection
    A recent brief from Child Trends reviews factors that have a bearing on whether youth become disconnected, or disengaged, from work or school. Researchers propose that parent involvement in youth development is important but perhaps not as salient to youth disconnection as other factors.
  • Family Influence in Out-of-School Time Participation
    Another Child Trends brief suggests that the role of parents does matter for youth participation in out-of-school time activities.

Awards & Events

  • Resources from National PIRC Directors’ Conference
    The 2009 National Parental Information Resource Center (PIRC) held a Project Directors' Conference in Washington, DC on July 22-24, 2009. Presentation topics included, for example, a review of Title I legislation; building state-, district-, and school-level partnerships; home visiting and early childhood parent education; and PIRC best practices. Slides from conference presentations are now available on the PIRC website.
  • Funding for Special Education Parent Information and Training Centers
    The U.S. Department of Education has recently announced the award of more than $4.5 million in grants to operate 16 special education parent information and training centers in 14 states.
  • Request for Home Visiting Research Proposals
    With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Pew Home Visiting Campaign – a project of the Pew Center on the States – is requesting research proposals to build the evidence needed to inform public policy decisions and advance effective practice in maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs. Pew is seeking both large- ($100,000-$250,000) and small- (less than $100,000) scale projects funded over a 12-24 month period. The full RFP and application materials are available on the Pew website. Deadline: December 21.

This article is part of the November 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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