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Tips for reading to children—even if they can’t read yet

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A child’s success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Although teaching someone to read seems like a daunting challenge (including what to read or how to read to your child) don’t let that stop you from making reading fun and fundamental! Below are some habits you or any family member… 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 »

This National Reading Month, encourage parents to read aloud to children of all ages

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As the calendar turns to March, there is much anticipation! Days are getting longer and warmer as spring nears. And at elementary schools across the United States, students and teachers will eat green eggs and ham, wear striped stovepipe hats, and make gooey green oobleck. March 2 is National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, and many… Read more »

10 practices to build stronger families, stronger communities

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In a previous Education Solutions blog post, we shared pearls of wisdom from teachers who had been selected as a Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Over the past 20 years, professionals from across the nation were chosen for this honor because of their firm commitment to families. The hard work, effort, dedication, and determination… Read more »

NCFL seeks adult learners to share their learning stories

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) invites adult learners to apply to be a speaker at the 2018 Families Learning Conference, held from September 24 to 26, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Each year during our Conference, students share their learning stories with attendees during General Sessions (a time when all attendees are gathered… Read more »

Guest post: Vroom’s accessible approach to brain-building

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The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy. This guest post is by Marissa Jade Kaiser, sr. program manager for Vroom. Research tells us that a child’s brain is wired to grow from birth. It starts off with billions of neurons, and during a child’s earliest years,… Read more »

Deadline approaching for 2018 Families Learning Conference session proposals

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Calling family engagement practitioners, educators, librarians, community stakeholders, and others who work to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families: NCFL invites you to share your best practices and effective strategies for engaging families in learning at the 2018 Families Learning Conference. The Call for Proposals to present a session closes Thursday, March 1. Presenters… Read more »

NCFL webinars to explore Family Service Learning, SNAP E&T, and WIOA career pathways

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is providing FREE virtual learning opportunities, and you’re invited to attend. Going Deeper with Family Service Learning | Friday, February 16 at 2pm EST Registration link: http://bit.ly/NCFLwebinarFeb16 Service-learning strategies have been widely used to enhance learning experiences of youth and young adults. Participation in these strategies often results in… Read more »

NCFL joins the Digital Learning Day celebration

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Practitioners, are you ready? Have you put your event on the map? Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) is Thursday, February 22, 2018! #DLDay creator, Alliance for Excellent Education, has published the official map of events taking place across North America.   As computers and technology become increasingly ubiquitous in our society, it is essential that they also… Read more »

First book in curriculum series for American Indian preschool children released

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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 »