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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 »

Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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The need to fix American public schools has been a major component of political battles in recent years, with rhetoric around over-testing and “failing” schools dominating airtime. Yet Congress has found little common ground in their quest to update the existing education law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), until now. For the first time in… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: Family Service Learning

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Family Service Learning is more than a volunteer experience; it’s guided learning that strategically connects participants to parenting curriculum and student learning objectives through service. NCFL’s Family Learning sites are testing and honing this intergenerational approach to service in communities across the country, and are seeing great results. A family service learning experience is comprised… Read more »

60 percent of parents struggle to help with homework, survey reveals

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From the periodic table to algebraic functions, kids nationwide are back to hitting the books, and many are taking their parents along with them. For the second year running, NCFL asked a question few parents want to admit to: Are you ever unable to help your kids with their homework? The annual survey revealed that… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: First Year Yields Impressive Results


Last year, NCFL set out with the intention to begin building the next-generation model for family literacy with Toyota Family Learning. We awarded five $175,000 three-year grants to a school, library, and community-based organizations spanning the US (and will award five more this year and next). These organizations were chosen based on their robust family-oriented… Read more »

Rural Family Learning: Summer School Results

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We reported on the recent successes of an NCFL-led initiative at three sites in Oklahoma’s Ardmore City Schools (ACS) district, which resulted in over 2,000 hours of reading time — roughly 12,000 books read together by families — during the 2013-14 spring term. The success of this initiative proved what we already suspected — interactive… Read more »

Family Literacy Program Saved

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When we learned that six family literacy programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were facing budget cuts, NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling knew she had to get involved. She wrote a letter requesting that LAUSD continue supporting the LA Family Literacy Program. NCFL has had the privilege of working with family… Read more »