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First-year of Toyota Family Learning yields impressive results

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Last year, NCFL set out with the intention to begin building the next-generation model for family literacy with Toyota Family Learning. We awarded five $175,000 three-year grants to a school, library, and community-based organizations spanning the US (and will award five more this year and next). These organizations were chosen based on their robust family-oriented… Read more »

Tips for Parents: Reducing Stress of Sending Children Back to School

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Early bedtimes and even earlier morning alarms signal a new school year, and students around the country are both excited and nervous about what the year will bring. As it turns out, these kids aren’t the only ones tossing and turning in bed with knotted stomachs. We recently conducted a survey asking parents how they… Read more »

Rural Family Learning: Summer School Results

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We reported on the recent successes of an NCFL-led initiative at three sites in Oklahoma’s Ardmore City Schools (ACS) district, which resulted in over 2,000 hours of reading time — roughly 12,000 books read together by families — during the 2013-14 spring term. The success of this initiative proved what we already suspected — interactive… Read more »

Make A Difference Day: Share Your Louisville Story

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Fact: Sixty-five percent of fourth graders in Kentucky do not read proficiently. While there is no quick fix or one-size-fits-all approach to righting this startling statistic, it hasbeen proven that students score higher in reading proficiency when they’re surrounded by books and other reading materials, especially at home. Cultivating an interest in reading, writing, and… Read more »

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 »