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Research Areas

Complementary Learning

Linking families, schools, and communities to support success in school and in life.

Family Involvement

Promoting strategies to support family involvement in children’s learning and development.

Out-of-School Time

Supporting the accessibility, quality, and sustainability of out-of-school time programs and initiatives.

Early Childhood Education

Promoting innovative program development, family–provider relationships, community collaborations, & successful transitions.


Helping organizations get the information they need to develop and execute effective strategies.

Other Research Areas

Exploring new ideas and research areas.

New at HFRP

Harvard Family Research Project and Public Library Association to Strengthen Family Engagement

This new initiative will help public libraries identify successful family engagement strategies and implement them to help children of all ages succeed in school and life.

Five Lessons Learned About District Leadership for Family Engagement

Michele Brooks, the former assistant superintendent of family and student engagement for Boston Public Schools, shares her insights on district leadership for effective and sustainable family engagement.

Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s A Family Thing

We are building an IDEABOOK to promote family engagement in public libraries! Learn more and find (and share) promising practices.

Evaluation and Improvement Science in Action

Our newest FINE Newsletter explores how programs and organizations can effectively utilize program evaluation and improvement science.

Bridging Worlds Interactive Case

Through this online learning tool, you will explore the complex issues surrounding the transition to kindergarten and the importance of family engagement in the process.

Create Your Own Case Toolkit

A new professional development toolkit that promotes family engagement by helping those who work with families create their own cases!

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