Human-Centered Design: An Innovative Tool for Professional Learning in Family Engagement


August 15, 2018

Human-centered design is a powerful tool for promoting family engagement.

8 80 Cities: Building Better Cities for and with Families


August 13, 2018

Zainab Abbasi

8 80 Cities is reimagining how families and caregivers can play an active role in shaping city building processes. 

Learning from Library Leaders: Strategies for Coaching and Consulting


July 24, 2018

Sharon Morris, Director of Library Development and Innovation, Colorado State Library

Sharon Morris from the Colorado State Library shares her ideas around the art of consulting to create change. 

Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning: A Supplemental Guide

July 3, 2018

This guide examines best practices for family engagement within a variety of spaces, from public libraries to schools. It builds on the work presented in Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning: The Role of State Library Administrative Agencies to provide library leaders with a selected list of resources that can inform, inspire, and connect their efforts to boost family engagement.

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

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.

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.

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. 

Share Your Story With GFRP!

Call to Action

October 26, 2017

Global Family Research Project is writing about new trends in family engagement in libraries, and we want to include you. We are especially interested in hearing about ways libraries partner with K–12 schools to support and empower families. 

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.

Alphabet Letters in a Swirl

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.

Teacher instructing student

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

In this post, Heather Weiss and Linda Jacobson capture the ways that schools and community organizations involve children and youth in improving family engagement.

Older children in library with teacher

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


November 14, 2016

Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe

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