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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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One of the biggest challenges in education lies in the disparities-based on race and class--in children's access to the resources and opportunities that promote learning. Decades of research confirm that family and community engagement is a vital element in student success. Families provide their children with social and emotional strengths, intellectual and informational assets, and access to learning resources in and out of school. Children of engaged families are likely to succeed in school and beyond, and this is an enormous advantage in their life trajectories. Furthermore, family and community engagement is especially important for achieving educational equity for children and families experiencing economic disadvantage, racism, incarceration, and the challenges of immigration.

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of freedom and justice, Harvard Family Research Project offers research-based resources that promote educational equity by engaging families as partners and advocates in children’s learning.  The resources present pathways to keep alive the dream that all children will benefit from opportunities to learn, anywhere and anytime. 

Innovations in Family Engagement to Bring About Equity 

Policies That Support Equitable Opportunities for Family Engagement  
Ensuring Every Child Succeeds Through Anywhere, Anytime Learning   

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