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NCFL’s free webinar series continues on February 3

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Have you signed up for NCFL’s next Teacher to Teacher webinar? Don’t miss hearing from Katy Kibbey, chief programs officer for Wayne Metro Family Literacy in Hamtramck, Michigan, on February 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST. Katy Kibbey is currently responsible for overseeing all program departments that support the agency’s mission of empowering low-income individuals… Read more »

Funding available for libraries

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Are you a library program staff member looking for ways to enhance your summer reading program? Would you like to bolster family engagement at your library? If so, consider applying for funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis in your library this summer. This year, thanks to the support of Better World Books, NCFL is offering libraries across… Read more »

Family Teacher of the Year webinar series

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You are invited to attend NCFL’s free Family Teacher of the Year webinar events. The next webinar in the Teacher to Teacher series is January 6 at 11 a.m. EST and features Elizabeth Atack, a librarian at Nashville Public Library, who oversees Bringing Books to Life, a preschool literacy outreach program that uses puppets to… Read more »

Seeds of Literacy | Innovation Grantee

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Seeds of Literacy, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: recruiting students and volunteers. Learn more about how Seeds was able to increase its enrollment below, and click here and here for more examples of innovative literacy programming. Seeds of… Read more »

The Lehman Edible Garden | Innovation Grantee

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The Lehman College Adult Learning Center (ALC), one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: bringing together native and non-native English speakers to learn from one another. Learn more about ALC’s program below, and click here for more examples of innovative literacy… Read more »

A Father’s Business | Innovation Grantee

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NCFL is amazed time and again at the stories and strategies of success that come pouring from the National Literacy Directory’s more than 7,000 literacy and learning organizations each time it accepts Innovation Grant applications to recognize innovative solutions to persistent challenges. This week and next, we’ll be sharing how this round of Innovation Grant… Read more »

NCFL accepting proposals for new nature-based programming initiative

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NCFL is accepting proposals from libraries interested in offering nature-based programming for families with children in preschool. Three selected sites will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover programmatic costs and both onsite and virtual support, including professional development and hands-on training for implementing a series of workshops for parents and children, including Parent Time, Parent and Child Together… Read more »

National Family Literacy Month 2016

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We at the National Center for Families Learning have always struggled to boil down our day-to-day work to one sentence, even one paragraph. That’s because family literacy doesn’t just come in the form of a parent and child reading a book together. It’s a teacher making home visits; an intensive four-component program; a library hosting… Read more »

2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year & Runner-up Announced

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When Jean Ciborowski Fahey of Weymouth, Mass., joins a circle of moms and newborns, she condenses decades of knowledge about brain development into a 20-minute message that’s straightforward and provides parents ways to help their children develop a strong foundation for learning. “It’s important that parents of all income and education levels understand the benefits… Read more »

Exploring ‘Funds of Knowledge’ at 2016 Families Learning Summit

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Dr. Blaire Willson Toso, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, shares what Families Learning Summit attendees can expect from featured researcher Dr. Luis Moll.  Dr. Luis Moll, a professor (emeritus) at the University of Arizona, has been working with parents, children, and teachers since 1978. He is well-known for his collaborative… Read more »