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“Putting education to work” in Wisconsin

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NCFL is always amazed at the stories and strategies of success that come pouring from the National Literacy Directory’s literacy and learning organizations each time it accepts Innovation Grant applications to recognize innovative solutions to persistent challenges. This week and next, we’ll share how this round of Innovation Grant recipients listened to the voices of their communities to… 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 »

NCFL tips our hats to GED® grads!

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Here at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our primary focus is to empower parents and children living in poverty to improve their lives through education and become strong contributors to their communities. For families across the country, when parents attain their GED®, the positive effects are cascading from generation to generation. On Thursday,… Read more »

5 reasons why your boss should send you to NCFL’s conference


It probably comes as no surprise that professional development helps you improve your work. Getting away from your daily routine and learning what others in your field are doing can renew your enthusiasm and arm you with fresh ideas. But convincing your boss to let you go can be hard. There are budget constraints to… 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 »

NCFL seeks adult learners to speak at the Families Learning Conference

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The National Center for Families Learning is seeking student speakers for the Families Learning Conference to be held in Tucson, Arizona, October 9 – 11, 2017. Eligible speakers are fluent in English and must have attended a family literacy or family learning program that has a two-generational learning component and completed at least one or… 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 »

Guest Post: Urban Peak at COABE

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Last month, the National Literacy Directory awarded two Innovation Grant scholarships to Directory program representatives to attend Coalition for Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) conference in April. COABE is an affiliate partner of the Directory. The Directory’s Innovation Grant series recognizes and rewards innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. 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 »

Three libraries awarded Camp Wonderopolis® program funding

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and its Wonderopolis® team congratulate three libraries on receiving Camp Wonderopolis® 2017 grants. Covina Public Library (Covina, California), Leonard Reed Elementary School (Cedar Park, Texas), and Taylor County Public Library (Campbellsville, Kentucky) are gearing up to host Camp Wonderopolis workshops for families this summer. These three official Camp… Read more »