The Family Life Project


We hope you find our website useful in getting to know who we are and learning more about our study. The University of North Carolina and Penn State are collaborating on a large and exciting study on children’s lives in rural counties. The primary goal of the Family Life Project is to develop a better understanding of how growing up in rural areas might influence the development of children and their families. In particular, we are interested in learning about the each child’s development along with the diversity of their families experiences, culture, community structure and economic circumstances. Currently, much of the research on the struggles children and families face has been focused on urban families. By telling the story of families living in more rural areas, we hope to help create better policies, programs, and supports for children.

The Family Life Project brings together a team of researchers with expertise in education, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and human development.

The purpose of this website is to create awareness around the Family Life Project, whose ultimate goal is to help families and children in the future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have suggestions to help us better meet this goal through this site. Whether you are a teacher, a principal, a parent or another member of the community it is our hope that this website will continue to connect us in our mutual commitment to the health and well-being of our children.