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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 »

Program Spotlight: Goals set the stage for Toyota Family Learning

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In this post by Patricia Lovett, Team Leader for Family Learning at the National Center for Families Learning, learn how goalsetting is an important step in helping families make educational and economic gains: On a recent visit to support Toyota Family Learning at San Mateo County Library, I was energized to see our conversations about goalsetting in… Read more »

NCFL expands footprint of its two-generation model to benefit Tupelo families

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On April 25, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota unveiled our newest partner in the charge to help lift families out of poverty and into educational success. Community leaders and families in Tupelo, along with staff from NCFL and Toyota, gathered to celebrate the announcement that the Family Resource Center of North… Read more »

Submit your nominee for the $20,000 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award


Do you know an educator making great strides in family engagement? Nominate them for the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award! This prestigious award, made possible by Toyota, recognizes teachers who are positively impacting families by engaging them in school- and community-based educational programming. NCFL is accepting nominations now through Friday, June 9,… Read more »

Organizations work together to improve academic outcomes of Detroit children

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You can see the pride in Lourdes Valdivia’s eyes when she talks about her three sons, ages 3, 9, and 11. Each weekday morning, she and her sons walk through the doors of Harms Elementary in Southwest Detroit. Her oldest two children head for their classrooms, but it’s not the last they’ll see of their… Read more »

Free educator webinar hosted by NCFL

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Don’t miss the latest in the National Center for Families Learning’s Teacher to Teacher webinar series featuring Jean Ciborowski Fahey on April 7 at 11:00AM EDT. Sign up by clicking here. The Weymouth, Mass., community educator was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by NCFL and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents… Read more »

Richmond families celebrate National Reading Month

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Books can transport children to new places, sparking their imagination and increasing their understanding of the world. We had a wonderful time celebrating the power of reading today in Richmond at a Virginia Preschool Initiative family event that included Frances Frost, family ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education, and staff from NCFL. Richmond Reading… Read more »

Discover family engagement resources from NCFL

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NCFL is fresh off a trip to the Title 1 Conference and we are bursting with new ideas and connections. We had many insightful conversations with educators and administrators and found that the need for family engagement resources is great. We offer many such resources for educators, literacy programs, libraries, and community-based organizations. Below, we’ve… Read more »

Find inspiration at NCFL’s next webinar

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Tune in March 10 at 11:00 AM EST to hear from Amy Hall, adult education/co-coordinator for the FACE program at Hannahville Indian School in Hannahville, MI. Amy Hall is a unique family educator. She has worked across family literacy programming as an early childhood teacher and an adult educator. She has also been a program… Read more »

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 »