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NCFL’s conference is headed west!

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It’s time to begin planning your trip to Tucson, Arizona, for the 2017 Families Learning Conference! From Monday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 11, we’ll explore promising practices and innovative strategies in family literacy, learning, and engagement. REGISTRATION INFORMATION Take advantage of early bird pricing and save 20% by registering today! Register online or download the… Read more »

Become a #WonderFunder and help keep wonder free

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Today, February 1st, NCFL’s signature digital learning platform Wonderopolis® is kicking off its first-ever online fundraising campaign, dubbed “#WonderFunder.” This month-long effort was created to ensure Wonderopolis.org remains a free learning resource for its more than one million monthly visitors. Please donate $5 (or any amount) by clicking here. Created in 2010 by NCFL as… Read more »

Goodling releases findings on the state of family literacy in America

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The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State has just released a policy paper that’s very timely as our leadership transitions at the federal level. “Changing the Course of Family Literacy” explores the state of family literacy programs throughout the United States and builds the case for continuing funding family literacy programming…. Read more »

NCFL’s free webinar series continues on February 3

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Have you signed up for NCFL’s next Teacher to Teacher webinar? Don’t miss hearing from Katy Kibbey, chief programs officer for Wayne Metro Family Literacy in Hamtramck, Michigan, on February 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST. Katy Kibbey is currently responsible for overseeing all program departments that support the agency’s mission of empowering low-income individuals… Read more »

Funding available for libraries

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Are you a library program staff member looking for ways to enhance your summer reading program? Would you like to bolster family engagement at your library? If so, consider applying for funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis in your library this summer. This year, thanks to the support of Better World Books, NCFL is offering libraries across… Read more »

Family Teacher of the Year webinar series

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You are invited to attend NCFL’s free Family Teacher of the Year webinar events. The next webinar in the Teacher to Teacher series is January 6 at 11 a.m. EST and features Elizabeth Atack, a librarian at Nashville Public Library, who oversees Bringing Books to Life, a preschool literacy outreach program that uses puppets to… Read more »

Seeds of Literacy | Innovation Grantee

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Seeds of Literacy, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: recruiting students and volunteers. Learn more about how Seeds was able to increase its enrollment below, and click here and here for more examples of innovative literacy programming. Seeds of… Read more »

The Lehman Edible Garden | Innovation Grantee

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The Lehman College Adult Learning Center (ALC), one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: bringing together native and non-native English speakers to learn from one another. Learn more about ALC’s program below, and click here for more examples of innovative literacy… Read more »

A Father’s Business | Innovation Grantee

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NCFL is amazed time and again at the stories and strategies of success that come pouring from the National Literacy Directory’s more than 7,000 literacy and learning organizations each time it accepts Innovation Grant applications to recognize innovative solutions to persistent challenges. This week and next, we’ll be sharing how this round of Innovation Grant… Read more »

NCFL accepting proposals for new nature-based programming initiative

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NCFL is 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 Parent Time, Parent and Child Together… Read more »