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Tips for reading to children—even if they can’t read yet

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A child’s success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Although teaching someone to read seems like a daunting challenge (including what to read or how to read to your child) don’t let that stop you from making reading fun and fundamental! Below are some habits you or any family member… Read more »

This National Reading Month, encourage parents to read aloud to children of all ages

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As the calendar turns to March, there is much anticipation! Days are getting longer and warmer as spring nears. And at elementary schools across the United States, students and teachers will eat green eggs and ham, wear striped stovepipe hats, and make gooey green oobleck. March 2 is National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, and many… Read more »

10 practices to build stronger families, stronger communities

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In a previous Education Solutions blog post, we shared pearls of wisdom from teachers who had been selected as a Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Over the past 20 years, professionals from across the nation were chosen for this honor because of their firm commitment to families. The hard work, effort, dedication, and determination… Read more »

NCFL webinars to explore Family Service Learning, SNAP E&T, and WIOA career pathways

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is providing FREE virtual learning opportunities, and you’re invited to attend. Going Deeper with Family Service Learning | Friday, February 16 at 2pm EST Registration link: Service-learning strategies have been widely used to enhance learning experiences of youth and young adults. Participation in these strategies often results in… Read more »

First book in curriculum series for American Indian preschool children released


The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce the release of the first book in a new curriculum series for teachers who work with American Indian preschool children. CIRCLES: A Culturally Appropriate Curriculum for American Indian Preschool Children® is grounded in evidence-based practices and principles with a strong focus toward Native culture… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: insights from Family Teachers of the Year

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As a teacher working with children and parents, have you ever wished you could sit down with master teachers who came before you and ask them about their best practices? How would those conversations make a difference in your own teaching practice? Have you ever wondered how they keep their motivation high, year after year?… Read more »

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 »