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60 percent of parents struggle to help with homework, survey reveals

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From the periodic table to algebraic functions, kids nationwide are back to hitting the books, and many are taking their parents along with them. For the second year running, NCFL asked a question few parents want to admit to: Are you ever unable to help your kids with their homework? The annual survey revealed that… Read more »

Families Learning Summit: How to get involved

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Attention! NCFL is looking for education experts, researchers, and successful family literacy practitioners to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas, on March 16-18. Below, you’ll also find information on the Literacy Funders Network Call for Proposals and the Toyota Family Learning Showcase. Call for Experts Have you had… Read more »

Let’s Go Krogering!

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Do you have a Kroger shopping card and a few minutes? Enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and choose NCFL as your preferred charity. Each time you shop for groceries, 4 percent of your purchase will automatically be donated to NCFL and our programs! Pretty cool, right? To link your card to NCFL: Make… Read more »

First-year of Toyota Family Learning yields impressive results


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 »