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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 »

Guest Post: Use your library voice—family learning through libraries

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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 Margaret Caspe, PhD, director of research and professional learning at Global Family Research Project. What do you think about when you look at this mural? For a grandmother caring for her 3- and 5-year… 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 »

National Literacy Directory announces next funding round for literacy and education programs

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The National Literacy Directory has opened a new round of funding in its Innovation Grants series. Two $1,000 grants are available to literacy and education programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory. Grant applications are also open to organizations* that create a National Literacy Directory user account and add their program profile… Read more »

Putting the family at the forefront of everything we do

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In a February post, we shared effective habits of Toyota Family Teachers of the Year that are detailed in our recent book, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. This month we explore the first of those habits—putting families at the forefront of everything we do in the classroom. In this post, we’ll consider specific recommendations for looking at family as the… 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 »

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 »

Nominations now accepted for the next Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking educators to be nominated for the 2018 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. This esteemed award recognizes the positive impact of teachers who engage families through exemplary practices in school and community-based educational programming. Click to review the selection criteria and to apply. Along with recognition,… Read more »

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 »