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Fostering informal family mentoring relationships

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Think back to when you first began your work in education and family literacy. Who were the people that supported you? Who did you turn to when you had a question that needed an answer? As practitioners, we often have colleagues who support us in our journeys as we learn how to best serve the… Read more »

Creating family-friendly schools—Seven communication practices

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Communication between schools and families should be a two-way street. Too often parents miss the messages that come from school—whether written or verbal—and teachers miss messages from parents. Sometimes communications get lost, and sometimes they may be put aside because they are not presented in a way that parents can understand. Parents often are frustrated… Read more »

Ten tips for supporting PACT Time® in the classroom

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Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® supports the strengthening of emotional bonds as parents and children work and play alongside one another. PACT Time in the classroom is an important way for parents to practice the skills and strategies they have learned while participating in Parent Time during family literacy programming. Through participation in classroom… Read more »

Four tips for partnering with schools to support your struggling reader

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The following is the first in a series of regular guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy. This guest post is by Sarah Sayko, deputy director of the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL). If your child is struggling to read, you may wonder, “What can the school do to support my child, and… Read more »

21 technology resources for family learning programs


The Internet has revolutionized the way educators find lesson content and resources for their students. In fact, there’s so much content available, it can be difficult to decide what to use. The education team here at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has gathered 21 of our favorite resources to share with educators and… Read more »

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Many literacy and learning programs around the country are experiencing a decline in attendance by immigrant and refugee families. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) recognizes that literacy staff need guidance in addressing this issue. That is why we’re partnering with the Migration Policy Institute and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)… Read more »

Creating the climate for family learning at home

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Parents should be valued members of the school community and equal supporters of their children’s academic success. When parents establish a learning climate at home, they demonstrate to their children that education is important. Consider these ideas for parents to support learning at home: Establish an environment for learning at home. Provide the tools your… Read more »

Creating the climate for family learning at school

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Schools, teachers, and parents are all concerned with family engagement that supports children’s learning. And all three are essential when establishing positive learning climates for families—at home and at school. Family-friendly schools and classrooms make an intentional effort to invite family engagement. They strive to create a family-friendly environment that contributes to effective communication, relationship… Read more »