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Powering families out of poverty through family literacy

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Two-generation family literacy has the power to lift families out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency. That’s the message the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) brought to federal legislators in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2017. NCFL was joined by Dr. Carol Clymer with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Arlise Ford with Educational… Read more »

3 things you won’t want to miss at NCFL’s conference

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This October, the Families Learning Conference will bring a wide array of professional development opportunities to attendees. From now until July 15, save 20% and register at $399! Find all the details you need to know at Our schedule of over 100 concurrent sessions is being finalized, but in the meantime, here are three… Read more »

Free, online camp engages children, parents in wonders around them

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Parents and children now have a new, free way to explore the wonders of the world while piquing children’s curiosities and stemming summer learning loss – Camp Wonderopolis®. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), with support from Better World Books, launched this free, online summer learning camp where parents and children can discover fun… Read more »

Nevada’s ESL in-home program is a “lifeline” to many


The English as a Second Language In-Home Program of Northern Nevada, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative efforts to meet students where they are. Ana. C. and her young son came to the United States from Central America in 2011, settling in Carson City, Nevada. Ana came with no… Read more »

Charter schools could be new tool for families

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This post is co-authored by Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning and Christie McKay, executive director of Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a small Mexican town, Alejandra wanted a better life. Her only hope, she thought, was to move to… Read more »

Creating community ‘connections’

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Reading Connections, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was recognized by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: creating an authentic and applicable curriculum to meet the needs of both its community and students. Upon resettlement in 2016 from Ethiopia to Greensboro, North Carolina, Lome faced what all refugees experience upon… Read more »

Free webinar explores educational gains made in Detroit

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The Collective Impact of Social Innovation on a Two-Generation Learning Program Wednesday, June 7 | 11:00am – 12:00noon EDT Register for the webinar How did a strategic partnership and a commitment to a common agenda lead to gains for EL students and their parents in Detroit? Join the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and… Read more »

“Putting education to work” in Wisconsin

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NCFL is always amazed at the stories and strategies of success that come pouring from the National Literacy Directory’s literacy and learning organizations each time it accepts Innovation Grant applications to recognize innovative solutions to persistent challenges. This week and next, we’ll share how this round of Innovation Grant recipients listened to the voices of their communities to… Read more »

African-American fathers a focal point of $1.5 million program expansion in Kentucky

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Deraldo Hall didn’t have much support growing up, but he’s working hard to make sure that’s not the case for his children. Hall, his wife, and young children are attending weekly NCFL Family Learning meetings at 2NOT1 in Louisville, Ky. Hall’s family signed up for the program so that Hall could learn to be a more… Read more »

NCFL tips our hats to GED® grads!

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Here at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our primary focus is to empower parents and children living in poverty to improve their lives through education and become strong contributors to their communities. For families across the country, when parents attain their GED®, the positive effects are cascading from generation to generation. On Thursday,… Read more »