This study, which got underway when the children were first born in 2002, has been (and currently is) funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Mental Health. It is on of the largest and most comprehensive study of families and children living in rural poverty in the United States. The overarching goal of the project is to develop an understanding of the unique ways community, employment, family economic resources, family contexts, parent-child relationships and individual differences influence development and competencies in children. The Family Life Project team brings together researchers with expertise in education, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and policy. The project is currently funded through 2020 as the participant children begin to transition to high school.