FINE: Family Involvement Network of Educators
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Statistics detailing anytime learning


Time-how children spend it, and with whom-has important implications for social-emotional and cognitive development.


In this issue, we look at how children's time is and can be spent learning across the day during the early childhood and elementary years. Addressing the more than 50 percent of families who wish that they knew how to improve the time that they spend with their children, and providing resources for the teachers, staff, and developers who support families, we 
  • check in with a national nonprofit-ZERO TO THREE-about an app that they developed to help families support their child's learning during daily routines and downtime;
  • revisit the efforts of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help families identify learning opportunities that begin when the school day ends;
  • look at how one Head Start program in New York City regularly shares data with families as a way to build family confidence and inspire engagement throughout the school years; and
  • explore the state of Maryland's approach to building a comprehensive family-engagement infrastructure across the years and places that children spend in early care and education.
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How do families spend time supporting their children's informal and formal learning beyond the school day and across settings? Find out how educators and institutions are helping families promote their children's learning experiences anytime, in school and beyond. Read more...  

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How can you turn daily bedtime and mealtime routines into learning opportunities for young children? How can commuting, shopping, and other everyday activities offer vibrant learning moments for children? Read about the Let's Play app to learn how! Read more... 

Christine Patton
How can you create a resource to help families of young children successfully transition to afterschool? What questions should be addressed? This video looks at one city's approach to helping connect families and their young children to afterschool enrichment opportunities. Read more...
Nell Shapiro
What are the benefits and challenges of sharing assessment data with preschool families? How can you do so effectively? A preschool teacher writes about her experiences, and provides valuable tips on how to share data with families in preparation for kindergarten. Read more...

Racing to the Top: Maryland's Promising Practices in Family Engagement publication cover

Racing to the Top: Maryland's Promising Practices in Family Engagement
Maryland is embedding a new family engagement definition statewide as a foundation of policy and infrastructure. Through comprehensive partnerships, the state brings to scale family engagement approaches and launches new initiatives. Read more... 

Father and daughter reading together

How can "two-generation" programs help parents influence children's development? What five ongoing family activities can help children's literacy development? What project will explore the effectiveness of new reading technology used by early education and parenting initiatives? Read to find out! Read more... 

This web conference on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST,
explores family engagement in anywhere, anytime learning and ways that families, schools, and community organizations can share responsibility for children's learning around the clock. Read more...  

About Us 
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) is a leading national organization whose purpose is to shape 21st-century education by connecting the critical areas of student learning. Our focus is on anywhere, anytime learning approaches that extend from early childhood through college and connect families, schools, out-of-school time programs, and digital media. We build strategic partnerships with policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders to generate new thinking, stimulate innovation, and promote Harvard Graduate School of Education logo continuous improvement in education policy, practice, and evaluation. Our research and tools provide timely, relevant, and practical information for decision making. Addressing issues of access and equity in children's learning and identifying meaningful, effective family engagement practices that reinforce success for all children are central to our work.