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Guest Post: New study on parents’ confidence and support for children’s science learning

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The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of early learning. This guest post is by Shelley Pasnik, vice president of Education Development Center (EDC). As researchers, we know that children’s early science exploration can lay the foundation for their becoming critical thinkers and lifelong problem solvers. Yet… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Lawmakers keep education as essential operations in fiscal year 2017 budget

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NCFL is happy to report that legislators in Washington recognized your continued hard work and support for family literacy and early childhood education. Last week, lawmakers approved the final spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, citing education as an essential operation. The budget includes: A 15% increase in early childhood education funding through the… 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 »

Goodling releases findings on the state of family literacy in America

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The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State has just released a policy paper that’s very timely as our leadership transitions at the federal level. “Changing the Course of Family Literacy” explores the state of family literacy programs throughout the United States and builds the case for continuing funding family literacy programming…. Read more »

NCFL, Urban Libraries Council issue brief on 2-gen programming in libraries

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Libraries have emerged as powerful 21st-century education leaders to help fulfill educational and learning needs—for learners of all ages. And with more than 16,000 spanning the U.S., there is no better resource for families learning together than the public library. Their status as safe, trusted, inclusive community hubs helps parents feel welcome. As important, libraries… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning Results 2015


NCFL has been busy building a stronger America one family at a time through Toyota Family Learning, our latest family literacy model . We’ve now awarded ten $175,000 three-year grants to three schools districts, two library systems, and five community-based organizations spanning the U.S. The next round of grantees will be announced in early 2016)…. Read more »

NCFL Applauds Congressional Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

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Two-generation family literacy, family engagement are priorities in bi-partisan effort Today, the U.S. Senate easily approved a long-overdue measure to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for a signature. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was approved by the House of Representatives last Wednesday by a… Read more »