Creating equitable learning pathways for children and families.

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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

"Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education"

is our latest publication, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The paper is intended to spark a conversation around the power of family, school, and community engagement to ensure equitable learning pathways for children, both in and out of school. A summary of the document, related essays from leaders in the field, and an article by The 74 are also available.

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New Resource to Support Children’s Learning and School Success
Feb 12
Blog

Schools Family Engagement Research

New Resource to Support Children’s Learning and School Success

Developed from the report titled “Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement,” GFRP and the National PTA have created a resource to support more equitable and effective approaches to family, school, and community partnerships.

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Why Family Engagement Matters for Student and School Success
Feb 12
Research Publication

Family Engagement Schools Research

Why Family Engagement Matters for Student and School Success

Our latest report highlights the five ways families, teachers, schools and communities can work together to support children’s learning and school success.

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Sustaining a Human-Centered Design Approach to Engaging Families
Feb 6
Blog

Early Childhood Education Family Engagement Professional Learning

Sustaining a Human-Centered Design Approach to Engaging Families

This guest blog post by Sheetal Singh is the second in a two-part series about the Early Learning Lab’s Parent Innovation Institute.

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Community Relationships to Build Family Access to STEM Learning
Jan 29
Blog

Family Engagement Afterschool

Community Relationships to Build Family Access to STEM Learning

The STAR Library Network team shares tips and ideas for using community dialogues to raise up family and community voice and build partnerships in designing STEM-related library services. 

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