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.
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Leadership for Our Children


February 15, 2018

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, we highlighted the ways leaders raise up, reach out, reimagine, relate, and reinforce when engaging with families.


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. 

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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.

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.

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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.

Parents with teacher reviewing student work

Ariel Skulley/Blended ImagesCollection/Getty Images

Parent Teacher Conference Tip Sheets: For Principals, Teachers, and Parents

October 10, 2017

Parent-teacher conferences mark an important milestone in the ongoing conversation between parents and teachers about student progress. These tips sheets--for principals, teachers, and parents-- offer guidance in promoting meaningful home-school communication.

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