Parenting

The Other Achievement Gap
The lessons we can learn from Asian American success.
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
Not just for school — a positive mindset has potential to boost physical well-being, too.
Raising Kind Children
How to guide children to be empathetic and ethical across every setting.
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Opening a shared conversation about how educators can protect students from bullying, confront divisions, and foster inclusion.
RG One and All
To build hope and chart a path to success, relationships are key.
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How to open space for reflection and conversation amid difficult events.
Teisha Thomas
Building trust by getting real, from the start.
Young girl sits with head in hands. Another girl in a backpack walks toward her
Three actions that will make a difference.
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Writing a new parenting script, one where our children become our teachers.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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Talking with kids about the election and what's next — and helping them find their voice.
Defining the Skills for Success
New report signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills.
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College applicants can take control of a frenzied process by reflecting on their values and goals — for the next four years and beyond.
Second Lady Jill Biden recording an EdCast
Second Lady Jill Biden and fellow teachers lead the drive to support the educational and social-emotional needs of military children.
More Than Safe
Creating a school where LGBTQ students thrive.
The Clear Value of Preschool
New study adds evidence that preschool works — so how do we ensure that every child can benefit?
Three children painting on easels set up outside
Time spent outside has wide-ranging benefits — and there are easy ways to integrate it into the school day.
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Facing down the challenges of teaching the 2016 election, with resources for preparing engaged citizens.
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
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Resources for parents and educators on talking to kids about trauma.
A laughing mother looking down at her smiling baby
How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Picture of a lake in summertime, with a camp house and a wooden fence hung with colorful lifejackets
Free from school-year demands, summer camps are a key venue for social-emotional learning.
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Why kids lose math knowledge, and how families can work to counteract it.
College and the Good Student
Here's how high schools and colleges can help students prioritize community engagement and reframe college admissions.
Finding Your Summer Balance
How to strike the right balance between unwinding and achieving.
Dyslexia
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
The Costs of Poverty
One third of 3- and 4-year-olds in the developing world are not meeting basic milestones. What can be done?
College and (the Real) You
A push for authentic community service aims to reframe college admissions. Here's what students should know.
Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone
Bridging the gap between math in the classroom and math at home — for all families.
Closing the Gap Year Gap
Amid the buzz about deferring college, how do we make a bridge year that's accessible and beneficial for all?
Developing a Digital Voice
Teenaged leaders on the opportunities and challenges posed by digital media.
Building Success at Home
How parents can build and model self-regulation skills to bolster children’s success.
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Advice from an educator and artist about how to make the most of your family’s next museum visit.
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Your brain may be hard-wired to focus on the negative, but (with practice) you can reprogram it.
Understanding Neglect
Why is a caring relationship with an adult so important to a child’s healthy development?
Tough Choices
A social media campaign shines light on the ethical dilemmas teens face — and how to navigate them.
Music Lessons
Tracing links between musical training and executive function — and bolstering the case for music in schools.
Literacy textbooks stacked on a desk
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Promoting literacy with dinnertime storytelling, family conversation, and books about food.
Data Dialogue
Tips for educators on sharing student data with families.
Parent-Teacher Partnership
Four trends reshaping the traditional parent-teacher conference.
Mother and daughter painting
Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement.
start with kindness
To stop bullying, a new social media campaign asks us to start with kindness.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Animated characters from the Pixar film Inside Out
A Hollywood primer on emotions, feelings, and behavior — with teachable moments for educators and parents.
Making Caring Common
A toolkit helps educators spur conversation, fight stereotypes, and build leadership skills in teen girls.
When the Classroom Feels Hostile
How stigma, stereotype, and labels can affect kids with learning disabilities.
Complicated
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
Finding Your Summer Balance
Strategies for managing the to-do list, recharging, and preparing for reentry.
When the Glass Ceiling is a Mirror
Problematic biases against girls as leaders — often from other girls.
Boy and girl with digital devices
Writing new terms of engagement for how we approach our connected lives.
Digital Drama
How teens help each other navigate online stress and abuse.
Making and Learning Together
The possibilities of family-style maker education.
Summer By the Book
Closing the gap by helping families build a tradition of summer reading.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
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After Baltimore, helping young people explore their feelings about violence, race, and their communities.
Parenting
Strategies for parental involvement in school during the teenage years.
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Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
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New ideas on how to create opportunities for all parents and all children.
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Project Zero works to expand our view of childhood and its civic possibilities.
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Tips for parents and educators on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life.
Testing
As educators in Atlanta face jail time, an expert weighs in on where we’ve gone wrong with standardized tests.
An easel and toys in an early education classroom
A smooth transition to school lays the groundwork for later success.
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An intriguing study notes a correlation between a student’s level of happiness and GPA.
Resilient Kids
Why some children can thrive despite adversity.
Liar
The dog ate your what? Four tips for parents on handling little white lies to tall tales.
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Parents can help their teens succeed in school — and beyond — by helping them pursue their goals and interests.
Tom Hehir
A book focusing on students with disabilities at Harvard challenges stereotypes and bias while highlighting the themes of their success.
UK Read
How can parents and educators turn the page on kids who are reading less and computing more?
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The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
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Following the path of a round-the-world journey, a Project Zero initiative lets students trace new connections.
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A conversation with Meredith Rowe about how to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.
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How young people quiet their online expressions of civic engagement over time.
A photo of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC
Inspired by the messages of MLK, the Harvard Family Research Project produces a resource to help families lead the way.
Holiday Apps
With school vacation week approaching, a guide for families to make the best use of their digital time.
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As the demography of the U.S. continues to shift, how can schools best serve their changing population?
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Seven simple tips to manage holiday stress at school, home, and everywhere else.
teenage students with backpacks
Activities to help teens set goals, stay organized, and keep themselves on track.
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Five earliest-learning interventions for parents of infants and toddlers.
Wires
Helping young people confront the ethical dilemmas of the online world.
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A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
A paper cutout of a family
Case studies produced by the Harvard Family Research Project delve into key topics of family engagement in schools.
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HGSE's Agency by Design, housed at Project Zero, is fostering maker-centered learning initiatives that empower students and teachers alike.
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Professor Karen Mapp explains what really works when it comes to cultivating partnerships between home and school.
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The Harvard Family Research Project provides tips and tools on maximizing the school-to-family relationship.
Jack Shonkoff
Professor Jack Shonkoff explains some of the science behind early childhood development and how education can help.
Josephine Kim
HGSE Lecturer Josephine Kim works to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect Korean-American student populations.
Professor Nancy Hill
When it comes to parental involvement, how can families best navigate the path to student success?
boy reading in library
The use of many different words, not just many words, helps toddlers grow their vocabulary.
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Understanding the impact of stress during a child's early development can pave the way for proper interventions.
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A longitudinal study highlights family involvement as a key to literacy performance.
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A decade of evaluation studies provide a basis to assess the educational potential of afterschool programs and to identify promising practices.
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A series of briefs examine the benefits of family involvement across the developmental continuum.