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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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Harvard Family Research Project is leading the national conversation about complementary learning—the idea that schools can't do it alone and that children need access to a network of supports for learning and development. Complementary learning systems intentionally link nonschool supports with each other and with schools to better ensure that all children have the skills they need from birth through adulthood.

As part of our ongoing efforts to track and document complementary learning initiatives, we invite you to share examples from your communities and elsewhere. These examples will inform several projects, including a documentation project and future issues of our Evaluation Exchange periodical. We are looking for initiatives that:

  • Provide connected, comprehensive systems of support for children's learning and development
  • Link two or more institutions, such as 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 state-wide

Do you know of a promising or innovative complementary learning initiative? If so, we'd like to hear about it.



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