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

Aida Mariam

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.

Seven Research-Based Ways Families Promote Early Literacy

April 29, 2018

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

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.

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.

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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.

Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success

February 13, 2018

Sarah Deschenes and Helen Janc Malone

There is growing national discussion about the need to create a more expansive definition of learning to include all the ways that youth can access educational opportunities—not just through the traditional school model, but also through afterschool activities, time spent with the family, and increasingly, through interaction with digital media. This brief introduces and analyzes one approach to expanded learning that provides students—often in distressed areas—with access to quality learning environments across the year.

After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What it Takes to Achieve It

February 13, 2018

This After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What it Takes to Achieve It research brief highlights current research and evaluation work in the out-of-school time field. These documents draw on research work in out-of-school time to provide practitioners, funders, evaluators, and policymakers with information to help them in their work.

The Transition to Afterschool: One City’s Approach to Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Learning and Enrichment Opportunities

February 13, 2018

What steps can programs take to help families successfully transition to school and afterschool? How can families make informed choices about afterschool opportunities? What information do families need in this process? This video demonstrates how Cambridge, Massachusetts, is addressing these and related questions to help connect families to afterschool learning and enrichment opportunities prior to school entry. 

Research Update 8: 21st Century Community Learning Centers—Stable Funding for Innovation and Continuous Improvement

February 13, 2018

This research update reviews evaluations and research studies that showcase innovations in afterschool programs supported by 21st CCLC funding.

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

Margaret Caspe

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

Six STEM Strategies for Librarians and Families

February 6, 2018

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

Family Engagement: A Shared Responsibility

January 23, 2018

M. Elena Lopez, Heidi Rosenberg, and Helen Westmoreland discuss how families, schools, and communities can create a shared responsibility for children’s learning and academic success.

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


November 9, 2017

Heather Sherwood and Ashley Lewis Presser, Education Development Center

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

Early Education Twitter Chat with MomsRising

October 17, 2017

Join us on Twitter on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at a 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT for an #EarlyEdChat with MomsRising!

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Tips for Administrators, Teachers, and Families: How to Share Data Effectively

October 10, 2017

Sharing data with families is an essential aspect of supporting children’s learning. These tip sheets guide educators, administrators, and families to effectively share data and act on what the data might be telling them.

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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.

Welcome to the Global Family Research Project

September 30, 2017

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. To access Global Family Research Project's website, click here.

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


September 27, 2017

Heather B. Weiss

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

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Count on Families! Engaging Families in Math


August 28, 2017

Margaret Caspe

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.

Youth Taking Leading Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement


August 1, 2017

Heather Weiss and Linda Jacobson

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.

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


November 14, 2016

Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe

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