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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

An App For and With Parents

When Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors decided to develop a family engagement app, input and ideas from parents throughout the country provided valuable feedback.

New Book! Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors

Discover best practices to guide families in using technology for young children’s learning.

New Report on Family Engagement in Public Libraries From Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association


FINE Newsletter: Family Engagement in Children’s Learning Through Libraries

Family engagement takes place anywhere, anytime children learn—especially in the library! Learn more about how libraries are supporting family engagement in this issue of the FINE Newsletter.

FINE Newsletter: Formula for Success: Engaging Families in Early Math Learning

Explore resources related to family engagement in mathematics in this special FINE Issue!

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.

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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Published by Harvard Family Research Project