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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

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Invests in Family Engagement

HFRP is one of 30 organizations awarded a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to strengthen family engagement from birth through third grade.

Revitalizing Family Engagement in the Transition Years

A new project will focus on increasing understanding and implementation of family engagement in the transition to school.

The Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years. Investing in the Development of Young Children from Immigrant and Low-income Families

Experts at Lisbon forum explore how migrant and low-income parents can become their children’s ”first teachers” and life-long advocates for their children's education.

Discussion Board on the Transition to School—Join Us!

Locate, react to, and share relevant resources to improve the transition to school for children and their families.

After-School Learning Advocates Hope Research Leads to More Federal Dollars

Education Writers Association looks at research showing that learning continues well past the last school bell of the day, and asks is there money to support after-school activities?

February FINE Newsletter: How Families Can Enrich Digital Media Learning Experiences for Their Children

In this issue, we explore ways that families can learn about quality educational media to help ensure that their children have meaningful and successful digital learning experiences.

New Year, New Teaching Case!

Bridging Worlds explores the complex issues surrounding the transition to kindergarten and the importance of family engagement in the process.

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