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FINE Newsletter, Volume II, Issue 1
Issue Topic: Family Engagement Across the Developmental Continuum

Resources & Research From Harvard Family Research Project

This bibliographic resource builds on the work presented in the Family Involvement Makes a Difference series to provide you with a selected listing of recent publications across the full developmental spectrum. Included are research reports, examples of best practices, and toolkits that show how communities and schools can reach out to families to meaningfully engage them in their children’s educational journey, from readying them for kindergarten through preparing for post-secondary college or training.

The resources in this bibliographic guide are grouped into categories that align with the following key components that Harvard Family Research Project has identified as necessary for effective family engagement:

  • Connecting family engagement to student learning
  • Reaching out and engaging families
  • Leveraging community resources
  • Building school capacity
  • Creating family engagement pathways

Within each category, you will find a selected list of resources that can guide your work with families of children at different points along the developmental pathway. Resources relating to specific developmental phases are grouped together for quick reference.

This article is part of the April 2010 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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