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Healthy Family Habits

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NCFL is excited to announce the launch of Healthy Family Habits, an online resource dedicated to providing families with real-world ways to establish and hone healthy habits. This new (and completely free) set of materials offers step-by-step guides and downloadable resources for community organizations seeking support in planning and hosting health-literacy events for families. Healthy Family… Read more »

2015-16 #WonderChat Schedule

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Join NCFL and Wonderopolis for this school year’s first #WonderChat on Monday, September 7 from 8-9 p.m. EST. Our Wonder Ambassadors will be sharing their best tips and favorite Wonders of the Day to get students back into the routine of learning and asking big, curious questions. #WonderChat is held on the first Monday of the… Read more »

Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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The need to fix American public schools has been a major component of political battles in recent years, with rhetoric around over-testing and “failing” schools dominating airtime. Yet Congress has found little common ground in their quest to update the existing education law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), until now. For the first time in… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis Campsite: NYC DYCD

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The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD) has selected Camp Wonderopolis as one of its Cultivating Curiosity Summer in the City 2015 programs again this summer. Starting this week, more than 1,000 kids, ages five to 14—will test out their inner Makers using Camp Wonderopolis online content and Campsite Kits and learn and… Read more »

Share your family stories

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We are excited to share that we’ve partnered with Holiday Retirement for its Bedtime Stories campaign to re-ignite cross-generational storytelling. Digital media is now the predominant communications platform for Americans; and therefore, less time is spent telling and reading stories. In fact, the average American reads only 19 minutes a day, and teenagers spend a meager… Read more »

Happy National Summer Learning Day!

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June 21 marks the official start of summer and the start of a new season of learning for millions of families. Summer is the perfect time to spark student interest in subjects like science, art, and literature through hands-on activities that engage the whole family. In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, explore these 5… Read more »

NCFL wins REVERE Award for Renegade Buggies

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We’re pleased to announce that Renegade Buggies was presented a Beyond the Classroom award at the REVERE Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C., on June 3. The REVERE (REcognizing Valuable Educational REsources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Produced by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, the… Read more »

Toyota Family Trails unveiled

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We believe your family is the best teacher your child will ever have – and the world around us is the ultimate classroom. Join NCFL as we embark on a new adventure at FamilyTrails.com. Understanding that learning is no longer confined to the textbook or inside school walls, Family Trails is designed to inspire families… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: #HashtagLunchbag

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Fifteen Toyota Family Learning families from the Toberman Neighborhood Center recruited 100 volunteers to help assemble and then distribute lunches to the Los Angeles homeless population on Saturday, May 16. “It takes an army to make a change and we hope this project can be the start of an annual event that will bring our… Read more »

High-energy, well-attended night of family learning exemplifies NCFL, JCPS partnership before USDOE representatives

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“I am not sure there would have been such a crowded room if the invitation had read ‘Come learn the steps for the dialogic reading process,’” writes the U.S. Department of Education in their May 11, 2015 blog post about a recent Family Literacy Night in in Louisville, Ky. that was attended by USDOE’s Dr…. Read more »