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NCFL accepting proposals for new nature-based programming initiative

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NCFL and Urban Libraries Council (ULC) are accepting proposals from libraries interested in offering nature-based programming for families with children in preschool. Three selected sites will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover programmatic costs and both onsite and virtual support, including professional development and hands-on training for implementing a series of workshops for parents and children, including… Read more »

National Family Literacy Month 2016

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We at the National Center for Families Learning have always struggled to boil down our day-to-day work to one sentence, even one paragraph. That’s because family literacy doesn’t just come in the form of a parent and child reading a book together. It’s a teacher making home visits; an intensive four-component program; a library hosting… Read more »

2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year & Runner-up Announced

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When Jean Ciborowski Fahey of Weymouth, Mass., joins a circle of moms and newborns, she condenses decades of knowledge about brain development into a 20-minute message that’s straightforward and provides parents ways to help their children develop a strong foundation for learning. “It’s important that parents of all income and education levels understand the benefits… Read more »

Exploring ‘Funds of Knowledge’ at 2016 Families Learning Summit

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Dr. Blaire Willson Toso, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, shares what Families Learning Summit attendees can expect from featured researcher Dr. Luis Moll.  Dr. Luis Moll, a professor (emeritus) at the University of Arizona, has been working with parents, children, and teachers since 1978. He is well-known for his collaborative… Read more »

National Family Service Learning Week: Sept. 12-16

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This week, Members of Congress, led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) in the House of Representatives, declared the week beginning on September 12, 2016, as “National Family Service Learning Week.” Family Service Learning is the National Center… Read more »

#GiveLocalLou | Support NCFL on Thursday, Sept. 15

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Mark your calendars! On Thursday, September 15, NCFL is pleased to participate in the Give Local Louisville fundraiser, a 24-hour online campaign to help fund Louisville, Kentucky, nonprofits. Here in NCFL’s hometown, we’re expanding our NCFL Family Learning program that’s proven successful in over 100 communities around the nation. This is a one-day-only giving campaign that,… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis brings science to life at Ky. library

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Six libraries across the nation were awarded $1,500 grants, NCFL training, and Youth and Family Campsite Kits to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming this summer, thanks to generous support from Better World Books. These libraries provided Maker activities exclusively found in the Youth and Family Campsite Kit and suggested book pairings for each of the six Camp… Read more »

Survey: How Do Teachers Use Wonderopolis?

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NCFL and Wonderopolis need your input! Educators like you have played a critical role in making Wonderopolis what it is today, and we’re asking for a few minutes of your time to help make Wonderopolis even better—more useful for you, and more engaging for learners of all ages. We invite you to complete an online… Read more »

10 reasons to register now for the 2016 Families Learning Summit 

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This year’s Families Learning Summit will bring two-generation family engagement to life for hundreds of attendees on October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Mich. We’ve hand-picked sessions and speakers covering everything from early literacy to adult education, and digital learning to community coalitions and family engagement research. Whether you’re a veteran attendee or new to the Summit,… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis at LFPL: “This was the best camp ever!”

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Six libraries across the nation were awarded $1,500 grants, NCFL training, and Youth and Family Campsite Kits to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming this summer, thanks to generous support from Better World Books. These libraries provided Maker activities exclusively found in the Youth and Family Campsite Kit and suggested book pairings for each of the six Camp… Read more »