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Camp Wonderopolis offers #2gen summer-learning opportunity for libraries

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NCFL believes libraries are natural partners for two-generation learning—trusted and powerful community hubs where all parents and children, including vulnerable families, can learn together and build literacy skills in diverse and inspiring ways. This year, thanks to the support of Better World Books, NCFL is offering libraries across the U.S. the opportunity to apply for… Read more »

Become a Wonderopolis Wonder Lead Ambassador


Wonderopolis is assembling a new team of Wonder Lead Ambassadors who will play a critical role in inspiring and supporting the Wonder Ground network after its launch on March 1, 2016. The Wonder Ground, a free network designed specifically for educators committed to high-interest, inquiry-based learning in the classroom, will feature ready-to-use lesson plans and… Read more »

National Literacy Directory accepting Innovation Grant applications

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The National Literacy Directory wants to recognize and reward innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. That’s why we are issuing this call for brief applications to support your efforts. The second in a series of $1,000 grants is available to programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National… Read more »

“Everything is like new” | How NLD Innovation Grant winner changed one student’s life

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The Kalamazoo Literacy Council was recently selected to receive a National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant Award for how it was able to recruit and utilize community members and resources to help meet the rising need for its literacy tutoring and education materials. One student KLC was able to reach through its efforts was Rob Smith…. Read more »

Kalamazoo Literacy Council awarded Innovation Grant from the National Literacy Directory

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The Kalamazoo Literacy Council was recently selected to receive a National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant Award for its successful and innovative approach to increasing programmatic reach. To find out more about the Directory’s bi-monthly grant opportunities, subscribe to NCFL’s monthly e-newsletter. Literacy and education programs listed in the Directory are eligible. To join the Directory, submit your listing here. Collaboration… Read more »

Are you a family literacy provider?

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The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State is interested in learning about your efforts to provide and sustain family literacy programming and working on a paper that surveys present programming and funding in the wake of defunding Even Start. NCFL is helping the Goodling Institute survey the field about family literacy and document any links between employability… Read more »

NCFL and the FACE Program Celebrate 25 Years | Part 2

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By Margo Waddell In 1990, the Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP), now the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), developed a groundbreaking early childhood/parental involvement program in BIE schools called Families and Child Education (FACE). Now in its 25th year, the national partnership between BIE, Parents as Teachers National Center (PAT), and NCFL is still… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning Results 2015

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NCFL has been busy building a stronger America one family at a time through Toyota Family Learning, our latest family literacy model . We’ve now awarded ten $175,000 three-year grants to three schools districts, two library systems, and five community-based organizations spanning the U.S. The next round of grantees will be announced in early 2016)…. Read more »

NCFL celebrates 25 years of FACE partnerships | Part 1

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by Sharon Darling This year the National Center for Families Learning celebrates a 25-year partnership with the Bureau of Indian Education to provide the Family and Child Education (FACE) program alongside Parents as Teachers (PAT). Working with these organizations has been an incredible experience—one that continues to empower current and future generations of American Indian… Read more »

NCFL Applauds Congressional Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

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Two-generation family literacy, family engagement are priorities in bi-partisan effort Today, the U.S. Senate easily approved a long-overdue measure to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for a signature. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was approved by the House of Representatives last Wednesday by a… Read more »