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.

Connecting research, innovation, and practice to support learning for children and families around the globe.

We believe all children and youth, from birth on, deserve quality learning opportunities and experiences.
Children learn anywhere, anytime. For all children to succeed, powerful family and community engagement and high-performing schools are essential.

Who We Are

The Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. We create a worldwide exchange of ideas to further the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all

Since 1983, our team has provided leadership to promote strategies that build pathways for children’s whole development across all learning environments.


What We Do

We connect research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children’s learning and development. We foster collaboration among child- and family-serving organizations so they can create equitable learning pathways across time and place. We strengthen knowledge and skills through technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation.

Education leaders, researchers, policymakers, funders, practitioners, and the media are among our partners in innovating family and community engagement strategies anywhere, anytime children learn.

We work with organizations in early childhood education, schools, afterschool programs, digital media, libraries, museums, and others.
Teacher instructing student


Count on Families! Engaging Families in Math


August 28, 2017

As children return to school this fall, GFRP has compiled a set of research-based tips to help families and educators work together to support children’s mathematical learning.

Members of the 2015-16 Cambridge Youth Council sitting at the mayor's desk.

Pictured are the members of the 2015-16 Cambridge Youth Council. 

Youth Taking Leading Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement


August 1, 2017

GFRP will be capturing the different ways that schools and community organizations are including the voices of children and youth to improve family engagement. Check out this post about how student activities align with the findings of a new national survey on parent engagement.

Older children in library with teacher

Photo Credit: The Grable Foundation | Brian Cohen

Learning Pathways: Leading Our Children to Success in School and Life


November 14, 2016

Discover how communities are shaping learning anywhere, anytime for children and youth.

Book cover with artistic rendition of teachers and students


Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s A Family Thing


March 20, 2017

Family engagement takes place anywhere, anytime children learn—especially in the library! Learn more about how libraries are supporting family engagement through two publications developed in partnership with the Public Library Association.

Teacher giving visual presentation


Transition Toolkit


March 20, 2017

GFRP is developing new toolkits on key topics for those working to build strong and equitable anywhere anytime learning pathways for children from birth through school and beyond. Check out this toolkit on the transition to kindergarten and early elementary school.

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Global Family Research Project is fiscally sponsored by TSNE Mission Works.
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