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Rural Family Learning: Paired Reading in Ardmore City Schools

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NCFL has been working with Ardmore City Schools (ACS) in Oklahoma to improve student literacy rates and intergenerational engagement through the use of on- and offline educational tools. The goal of this partnership is to establish and build school and community support for improving literacy and family learning. We’re excited to report that, since January,… Read more »

Family Literacy Program Saved

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When we learned that six family literacy programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were facing budget cuts, NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling knew she had to get involved. She wrote a letter requesting that LAUSD continue supporting the LA Family Literacy Program. NCFL has had the privilege of working with family… Read more »

Now accepting Request for Proposals for Toyota Family Learning grants

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  ‘Tis the season of graduations, and we at NCFL have been celebrating the accomplishments of our inaugural Toyota Family Learning sites: Lincoln Public Schools, Toberman Neighborhood Center, East Side House, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, and Houston Public Library. In less than six months, early evaluation of Toyota Family Learning indicates that sites Completed… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis joins NYC’s Summer in the City learning program

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We’re excited to announce that the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD) has selected Camp Wonderopolis to pilot a summer learning program that will support children and parents learning together in DYCD-funded after-school program sites across the boroughs. The content on Camp Wonderopolis™, NCFL’s online summer learning platform, will provide… Read more »

Summer Learning at Camp Wonderopolis

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Studies estimate that a student’s learning loss over the summer break can equate to one to three months on the grade-level equivalent scale. So it’s no wonder that Anthony Mora Jr.’s teacher felt compelled to ask his parents how he had managed to improve his reading skills by two whole grade levels before returning to school… Read more »

Parent and Community Engagement

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While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to restore America’s educational prowess, a convergence around the power of family engagement as a dual or multigenerational approach to education has recently picked up some momentum. After almost two years in the making, the Department of Education has released its Family and Community Engagement Framework, which outlines its… Read more »

NCFL to develop new pre-K program

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FACE results inspire new culturally-sensitive approach to pre-K curriculum  The FACE (Family and Child Education) program is based on the family literacy and family engagement model developed by NCFL for use with the Native American/American Indian population. Focusing on American Indian families is significant since students from this group have the highest dropout rate among… Read more »

Families Learning Together: The Mora Family

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A Family Affair During a school conference in fall 2013, Tony and Martha Mora were informed that their oldest son was in trouble — Jesse was hanging out with the wrong crowd and his grades were slipping. He had quit trying in school, his teacher said, telling the Moras that he knew their son was… Read more »

How are you celebrating National Family Literacy Day®?

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Friday, November 1, is National Family Literacy Day® – are you joining us in The Big Give for Families Learning? For just 24 hours, we’re hosting a challenge to see how much support we can garner for literacy and learning in communities nationwide. We want to make a BIG impact, and in order for this… Read more »

Families Need Your Voice on November 1

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November 1, 2013, is National Family Literacy Day® and to celebrate this important day of awareness and to kick-off National Family Literacy Month®, NCFL will be launching The Big Give for Families Learning – an exciting and unprecedented fundraising challenge to raise money for family learning programs and services. The #NCFLBigGive is designed to motivate… Read more »