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New statewide centers to focus on student achievement gap


Across the U.S., there’s a gap between the academic achievement of students living in poverty and those who have never lived in poverty. The latest Nation’s Report Card (2017 National Assessment of Education Progress – NAEP) shows flat trend lines for improvement. Now, the U.S. Department of Education is targeting the achievement gap through a… Read more »

Funding alert + partnership request: U.S. ED opens grant competition with family literacy as a priority

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) was successful in advocating to include family literacy as a competitive priority in a new grant competition hosted by the United States Department of Education, creating an advantage for those entities including family literacy as a key part of their overall strategy. The Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC)… Read more »

NCFL and Google collaborate to share digital literacy curriculum for problem solving and job skills


We often hear that practitioners and educators in the field are seeking curriculum to help address the digital literacy needs of learners. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has collaborated with Grow with Google to bring the Applied Digital Skills curriculum to family literacy and learning practitioners. Plan to join us for this free… Read more »

National Center for Families Learning honors the memory of Barbara Bush

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“Barbara Bush was an incredible national treasure for what she accomplished through her determination and passion for a literate America. Barbara was never about politics or image in championing the cause for literacy, but was so genuinely concerned that all parents had opportunities and skills to read a book to their children just as she… Read more »

NCFL joins national Book Rich Environments initiative to eliminate ‘book deserts’

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce that we have joined the Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative! This partnership is a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council, and the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, across the U.S., 36… Read more »

Exciting news from Toyota Family Learning partners

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to share the good work that our partners are doing throughout the country in Toyota Family Learning programs. In short, over the 2016-2017 school year, participating parents improved their workforce skills, got better jobs, and increased their income. They’re engaging more often in rich interactive literacy… Read more »

NCFL celebrates National Reading Month (and you can too!)

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March is National Reading Month and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) invites you to join us in building awareness of the importance of families reading and learning together! The benefits of reading cannot be overstressed; when families read together, they’re building key literacy skills, like vocabulary and comprehension, that will pay a lifetime… 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 »

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


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 »

Sharon Darling honored as national Literacy Leader

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When Sharon Darling started the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) nearly 30 years ago, she never realized the organization that essentially created family literacy in this country would impact over 2 million families. Throughout the years, Darling has been recognized for her pioneering leadership and positive impact on families, and the recognition continues today. This month,… Read more »