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Inspire others and share your success at the 2017 Families Learning Conference

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NCFL recognizes that in order to build communities that prosper, we must pool our strengths and share our strategies to help lift our neighbors from poverty and into educational and lifelong success. That’s why we’re calling on literacy staff, educators, librarians, thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, and others to submit proposals for this year’s Families Learning… Read more »

Richmond families celebrate National Reading Month

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Books can transport children to new places, sparking their imagination and increasing their understanding of the world. We had a wonderful time celebrating the power of reading today in Richmond at a Virginia Preschool Initiative family event that included Frances Frost, family ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education, and staff from NCFL. “Parents are… Read more »

Discover family engagement resources from NCFL

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NCFL is fresh off a trip to the Title 1 Conference and we are bursting with new ideas and connections. We had many insightful conversations with educators and administrators and found that the need for family engagement resources is great. We offer many such resources for educators, literacy programs, libraries, and community-based organizations. Below, we’ve… Read more »

Find inspiration at NCFL’s next webinar

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Tune in March 10 at 11:00 AM EST to hear from Amy Hall, adult education/co-coordinator for the FACE program at Hannahville Indian School in Hannahville, MI. Amy Hall is a unique family educator. She has worked across family literacy programming as an early childhood teacher and an adult educator. She has also been a program… Read more »

Delta Dental of Kentucky and Wonderopolis® team up for children’s health and literacy

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Thanks to our partners at Delta Dental of Kentucky (DDKY), Wonderopolis is excited to share with our readers their healthy habit initiative called “2 X 2 + 20: Easy Math for a Healthy Mind.” Just two minutes of brushing your teeth twice a day and 20 minutes of reading each day can help keep your… Read more »

Guest Post: Wonderopolis Opens Doors

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Throughout February, NCFL and our supporters have celebrated inquiry and wonder by joining the first #WonderFunder campaign. In this guest post, Wonderopolis Lead Ambassador Carol Varsalona shares how Wonderopolis nurtures curiosity and a spirit of lifelong learning. As a confirmed wonderer, I have always believed in the power of noticing and wondering to open my… Read more »

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 »