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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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Out-of-school time (OST) programming can be a crucial asset to families in rural areas where resources to support children's learning and development are often insufficient to meet the community's needs. However, many rural programs face challenges in implementation and sustainability.
This Research Update highlights the benefits, challenges, and successful strategies of OST programs in rural areas, based on profiles from HFRP's OST Database.

We have also added three profiles of recent rural OST evaluations and research studies to our database: Save the Children's Model Literacy Initiative, Rural After-School Programs for At-Risk Youth and Their Families, and Relationship between Participation in 4-H and Community Leadership in Rural Montana. You will find a discussion of findings in Research Update No. 6.

Go to Research Update No. 6: Out-Of-School Time Programs In Rural Areas.

View the new evaluation and research study profiles in our OST Database.

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