Overview

Learning begins in families.

Parents and other family members introduce young children to learning in many environments.

Global Family Research Project

● Informs the development of early-childhood education policies, practices, and grantmaking through research and evaluation, with a special focus on underserved children and families.

● Develops tools for professional learning, with an emphasis on applying research-informed practices in real-world settings.

● Connects early-childhood champions so they can benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

Featured Resources

Seven Research-based Ways Families Promote Early Learning
Nov 20
Video

Family Engagement Early Childhood Education

Seven Research-based Ways Families Promote Early Learning

We partnered with Ready Rosie and Abriendo Puertas to bring you a video highlighting our seven research-based ways families support early literacy.

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Math in the Mail Delivers Fun Foundational Math to Homes of Three-Year-Olds
Oct 15
Blog

Early Childhood Education Family Engagement

Math in the Mail Delivers Fun Foundational Math to Homes of Three-Year-Olds

Math in the Mail brings ideas for exploring mathematical thinking to children’s homes throughout Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region while building equity and math learning ecologies along the way.

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Supporting Parents to Support Science
Sep 11
Blog

Early Childhood Education Family Engagement Research

Supporting Parents to Support Science

A survey of 1,400 parents and caregivers shows a need for families to support STEM learning at home, in schools, and in informal learning spaces. 

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Minds On! Learning Through Play Promotes STEM
Aug 28
Blog

Early Childhood Education Family Engagement

Minds On! Learning Through Play Promotes STEM

In this blog, Jennifer Zosh describes the power of playful learning in promoting STEM.  

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