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3 ways to maximize your Camp experience this summer

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Are you leading an after-school or summer learning program at your school or organization? Camp Wonderopolis® is NCFL’s free online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments. Camp Wonderopolis is a great way to keep families engaged and learning during out-of-school time. A new edition is published every… Read more »

Submit your nominee for the $20,000 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award


Do you know an educator making great strides in family engagement? Nominate them for the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award! This prestigious award, made possible by Toyota, recognizes teachers who are positively impacting families by engaging them in school- and community-based educational programming. NCFL is accepting nominations now through Friday, June 9,… 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 »

Free educator webinar hosted by NCFL

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Don’t miss the latest in the National Center for Families Learning’s Teacher to Teacher webinar series featuring Jean Ciborowski Fahey on April 7 at 11:00AM EDT. Sign up by clicking here. The Weymouth, Mass., community educator was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by NCFL and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents… Read more »

Innovation Grantees win trips to COABE 2017

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The National Literacy Directory recently awarded two Innovation Grant scholarships to Directory program representatives to attend Coalition for Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) conference this April 2-5, 2017, in Disney World. 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… Read more »

Inspire others and share your success at the Families Learning Conference

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NCFL recognizes that in order to build communities that prosper, we must pool our strengths and share our strategies to help lift our neighbors from poverty and into educational and lifelong success. That’s why we’re calling on literacy staff, educators, librarians, thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, and others to submit proposals for this year’s Families Learning… Read more »

Richmond families celebrate National Reading Month

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Books can transport children to new places, sparking their imagination and increasing their understanding of the world. We had a wonderful time celebrating the power of reading today in Richmond at a Virginia Preschool Initiative family event that included Frances Frost, family ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education, and staff from NCFL. Richmond Reading… Read more »

Discover family engagement resources from NCFL

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NCFL is fresh off a trip to the Title 1 Conference and we are bursting with new ideas and connections. We had many insightful conversations with educators and administrators and found that the need for family engagement resources is great. We offer many such resources for educators, literacy programs, libraries, and community-based organizations. Below, we’ve… Read more »

Find inspiration at NCFL’s next webinar

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Tune in March 10 at 11:00 AM EST to hear from Amy Hall, adult education/co-coordinator for the FACE program at Hannahville Indian School in Hannahville, MI. Amy Hall is a unique family educator. She has worked across family literacy programming as an early childhood teacher and an adult educator. She has also been a program… Read more »

Delta Dental of Kentucky and Wonderopolis® team up for children’s health and literacy

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Thanks to our partners at Delta Dental of Kentucky (DDKY), Wonderopolis is excited to share with our readers their healthy habit initiative called “2 X 2 + 20: Easy Math for a Healthy Mind.” Just two minutes of brushing your teeth twice a day and 20 minutes of reading each day can help keep your… Read more »