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.


Powered By Families: Co-Creating Professional Learning Through Family Engagement Summits

June 25, 2018

Teach to Lead’s innovative family engagement summit provides a new model for co-creating professional development with families.


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


June 13, 2018

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.


New Ideas for Libraries to Engage Families and Youth


June 11, 2018

In this blog we explore how libraries are engaging families with school-age children to learn together, explore cultural topics, and find the resources they need to plan for their future.


Parent Innovation Institute: Co-creating Solutions with Parents

May 24, 2018

This is the first blog post in a two-part series about The Early Learning Lab’s Parent Innovation Institute.


Family Engagement Professionals Find Support at Friday Café

May 7, 2018

Our latest blog post highlights how the Friday Café model is connecting family-focused practitioners in Connecticut, California, and beyond.


How to Use Interactive Family Cases

March 26, 2018

Global Family Research Project’s interactive family cases are a great professional learning tool to help you hone your family engagement practice. This short video will walk you through how to use them.


Designing a Public Library For and With Families


April 3, 2018

This blog post takes a look at how library architecture and design influences families and their ability to collaborate and work together in the library. Learn strategies for re-envisioning library spaces from library architect Jeffrey Hoover and his work at the Fairfield Area Library in Henrico, Virginia.


Key Resources on Afterschool Program and Policy Outcomes and Effectiveness

February 13, 2018

These resources make the case for continued support and funding for afterschool programs and 21st Century community learning centers.


Every Child Ready for Math


February 8, 2018

Librarians and families can talk, sing, read, and write about and play together to help every child to develop strong STEM skills.


Finding Their Way: Family Engagement with Digital Math Activities Helps Children Develop Spatial Skills


November 9, 2017

This guest blog post describes ways that families can use everyday activities to build children’s spatial skills as part of their mathematical thinking. 

Alphabet Letters in a Swirl


Fostering a Love of Literacy: Through Libraries, Schools, and Families


September 27, 2017

Families, schools, communities, and libraries work together to promote strong literacy pathways for children.

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

Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe highlight how communities are shaping learning anywhere, anytime for children and youth.

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Global Family Research Project is fiscally sponsored by TSNE Mission Works.
Heather Weiss
M. Elena Lopez
Margaret Caspe