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Program Spotlight: Using personal experience to help newcomers to the United States

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In this guest post, Ashley Boyd Pierce, adult education ESL program specialist and instructor for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, shares her program’s Family Service Learning project that not only benefits newcomers to her community, but helps program participants gain employability skills: “One of the things I hear often from my friends and students… Read more »

NCFL and Search Institute partner to strengthen relationships in the lives of youth

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been selected to partner with Search Institute to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in marginalized communities experience in their schools, programs, and families. NCFL will work closely with Search Institute to examine young people’s experiences of family relationships, focusing on… Read more »

2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year and runner-up honored at Families Learning Conference

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During last week’s Families Learning Conference, Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) recognized and celebrated the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, Mary Andrews of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “We’re proud to recognize Mary Andrews as Toyota Family Teacher of the Year for the dedication to countless children and families through her unique literacy… Read more »

Sen. Rand Paul joins conversation about two-generation learning

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Two-generation family literacy programming lifts parents and children to find greater success academically and economically. That’s the message that Sen. Rand Paul heard from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) President and Founder, Sharon Darling, and our program participants and partners at a roundtable discussion at NCFL headquarters on September 25, 2017. “The NCFL… Read more »

Mississippi Families First state employees trained on NCFL Family Learning model

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In August, staff members from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) trained employees from Mississippi Department of Human Services and Families First for Mississippi to implement the NCFL Family Learning model in 20 social service centers located throughout the state. Participants were eager and open to learn about our research-based, innovative model that consists… Read more »

NCFL wins Library of Congress award

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce we’ve received the American Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2017. NCFL’s President & Founder, Sharon Darling, accepted the award on behalf of NCFL at the Library of Congress National Book Festival Gala in Washington, DC, on September 1. “It is an… Read more »

Powering families out of poverty through family literacy


Two-generation family literacy has the power to lift families out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency. That’s the message the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) brought to federal legislators in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2017. NCFL was joined by Dr. Carol Clymer with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Arlise Ford with Educational… Read more »

Charter schools could be new tool for families

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This post is co-authored by Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning and Christie McKay, executive director of Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a small Mexican town, Alejandra wanted a better life. Her only hope, she thought, was to move to… Read more »

Free webinar explores educational gains made in Detroit

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The Collective Impact of Social Innovation on a Two-Generation Learning Program Wednesday, June 7 | 11:00am – 12:00noon EDT Register for the webinar How did a strategic partnership and a commitment to a common agenda lead to gains for EL students and their parents in Detroit? Join the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and… Read more »

African-American fathers a focal point of $1.5 million program expansion in Kentucky

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Deraldo Hall didn’t have much support growing up, but he’s working hard to make sure that’s not the case for his children. Hall, his wife, and young children are attending weekly NCFL Family Learning meetings at 2NOT1 in Louisville, Ky. Hall’s family signed up for the program so that Hall could learn to be a more… Read more »