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Toberman Neighborhood Center | Storybooks

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San Pedro families flexed their creative muscles when they become authors as part of National Family Literacy Month activities at Toberman Neighborhood Center. Families walked through the bookmaking process during Parent and Child Together Time® (PACT).  Using Wonderopolis, children and parents learned about the history of books and invention of the printing press. Afterwards, they… Read more »

DIIRI | Healthy Living + Community Service

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Healthy living and community service intersected when thirty Providence families celebrated National Family Literacy Month with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Toyota Family Learning, and the University of Rhode Island. The families wrote letters and helped organize 22 boxes of non-perishable goods to distribute to refugee families at DIIRI’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. The families… Read more »

MSU Denver | Mustache Dache

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Families participating in the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Toyota Family Learning program have been engaged in running race volunteer support based upon their interests in health and wellness for several months.  The first run they assisted with benefited a Latina women’s health clinic and the second supported animal endeavors to battle extinction. Participation was followed by… Read more »

Houston Public Library | Family Learning Celebration

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  On November 7, more than 50 people braved the stormy weather in Houston to attend Houston Public Library’s National Family Literacy Month celebration at McCrane Kashmere Neighborhood Library, a Toyota Family Learning site since 2013. These 19 families visited stations where books were brought to life through puppetry; families were able to play Wii… Read more »

NCFL joins NHSA leaders at the 2015 Parent and Family Engagement Conference

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The nation’s leaders in two-generation education solutions will host a Town-Hall style convening at National Head Start Association’s 2015 Parent and Family Engagement Conference to showcase the emerging partnership between National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and NHSA. Presidents Sharon Darling and Yasmina Vinci will share their organizations’ vision for a promising new parent and… Read more »

Save the Date | 2016 Families Learning Summit


We’re excited to announce our next Families Learning Summit will be held October 16-19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. The Comeback City is a leader in technology, medicine, alternative energy, and is in the midst of one of the nation’s greatest urban redevelopments; we’rethrilled it will be the 2016 home to our premier annual event for two-generation… Read more »

Wake Up with Wonderopolis | #NCTE15


Attending the NCTE Conference in Minneapolis and looking for Sunday breakfast plans? Join Wonderopolis and friends for a free and very special “Wake Up with Wonder” breakfast on Sunday, November 22. Our *Wonder*ful panelists (below) will be sharing their ideas, stories, and best practices for fueling students’ passion for learning by appealing to their innate curiosities…. Read more »

Southwest Solutions | Family Literacy Excursion

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On Saturday, November 7, more than 40 Detroit families participating in the English Language Learners and Toyota Family Learning programs at Escuela Avancemos and Munger Schools (Detroit) checked in to learn together via a virtual trip around the world with the team at Southwest Counseling Solutions. During the geography-themed Family Literacy Excursion activities, families embarked… Read more »

Beech Acres Parenting Center | #FamilyLiteracyMonth

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Even the pickiest eaters couldn’t get enough of the DIY veggie pizza at this week’s health literacy fair held by Beech Acres Parenting Center to kick off National Family Literacy Month for its Toyota Family Learning participants. An on-site nutritionist provided a healthy-cooking demonstration and helped Cincinnati families select from a variety of brightly-colored vegetables… Read more »

Say & Play With Words | NCFL’s Detroit Vocabulary Initiative

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Say & Play with Words (Hablen y Jueguen con Palabras) is NCFL’s newest collaborative effort to teach vocabulary in a real-world, active context through family service learning and community outreach in Detroit neighborhoods. Research shows that a lag in vocabulary development puts children at an academic disadvantage before they even start kindergarten; Say & Play… Read more »