Creating equitable learning pathways for children and families.

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Meet Mateo and experience his learning pathway, from birth to college.

Experience the Ecology of Learning, our vision for all children and families—especially those with the greatest needs.

An ecology of learning includes the places and interactions that offer opportunities for learning, development, and achievement throughout a person’s life. This environment inspires exploration, creativity, connections with others, and support in mastering skills at home, and in school, the community, and digital spaces.

Who we are

Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports effective engagement practices and policies so that all children find success in and out of school.

We create a worldwide exchange of ideas that furthers the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all. With more than 30 years of leadership, we provide a research base and proven expertise for capacity building in schools, community-based organizations, philanthropic entities, and other related ventures.

What we do

We promote equitable family and community engagement in an ecology of learning that connects the home, school, and community.

Our Work:
● Supports systemic approaches to family and community engagement
● Produces top-notch research
● Provides current news and resources to policymakers and practitioners
● Builds the capacity of organizations to engage families
● Designs professional learning opportunities, such as interactive cases, design thinking sessions, and communities of practice
● Delivers actionable guidance and tools for evidence-based approaches

Explore The Family Engagement Playbook

Our latest resource is a collection of promising research-based approaches to strengthen individual competencies and organizational support.

The Family Engagement Playbook captures many of the approaches, tools, and models that organizations are using to understand the concept of co-creation and get better at implementing it with their teams. We see this resource as part of an ongoing exchange of ideas, research, and tools for designing programs that are inclusive and respectful of all families. We welcome your feedback on how these models enhance your work.

Explore The Playbook, share new approaches with us, and let us know what you think!

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New and Noteworthy

Balance of Power
Nov 12
Blog

Family Engagement Schools Capacity Building

Balance of Power

As schools grow more racially diverse, D.C. nonprofit Kindred gives parents a place to tackle bias and be equal partners in improving opportunities for all students.

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Group of people reaching towards center of table with post-it notes and papers, with text reading Family Engagement Playbook
Sep 17
Research Publication

Family Engagement Capacity Building Research

Family Engagement Playbook

The Family Engagement Playbook is a collection of promising research-based approaches to strengthen individual competencies and organizational support.

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Moving from Communication to Engagement: Unlocking the Potential of Underserved, Diverse Families
Jul 17
Blog

Digital Media Family Engagement

Moving from Communication to Engagement: Unlocking the Potential of Underserved, Diverse Families

Learn how TalkingPoints, an educational technology nonprofit, is using AI as a strategic innovation for family engagement

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Using Media to Engage Families in Science
Jul 16
Blog

Digital Media Family Engagement Research

Using Media to Engage Families in Science

EDC explores how media are an effective way to motivate families with young children to do science together. 

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