The Harvard Family Research Project, now the Global Family Research ProjectTM, provides important research and strategies for engaging families to promote success in education for children. The organization was founded in 1983 and focuses on community engagement policies and practices, and offers tools and frameworks for community members and institutions who aim to improve the quality, accessibility, and sustainability of out-of-school learning experiences. Of note to museums and libraries is their work on Family Involvement and Complementary Learning.
Learn more about role libraries play in fostering family engagement here: “Libraries for the 21st Century: It’s a Family Thing”
The reports below focus on the importance of out-of-school learning that can take place at libraries and museums. The authors explore how families and community organizations can work together to support children.
Read the reports here:
Lopez, M. Elena, and Margaret Caspe. Family Engagement in Anywhere, Anytime Learning. Harvard Family Research Project, June 2014.
Patton, Christine, and Margaret Caspe. Finding Time Together: Families, Schools, and Communities Supporting Anywhere, Anytime Learning. Harvard Family Research Project, September 2014.