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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: 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


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 »

A new look keeps the National Literacy Directory moving forward

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The National Literacy Directory has a fresh face for 2018! The National Literacy Directory assists potential students and volunteers in locating nearby educational programs and services, while also supporting literacy and education professionals through a learning network that provides the latest resources, research, and grant opportunities. Our newly renovated website design helps users navigate the… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis funding opportunity for libraries announced

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Thanks to the support of Better World Books, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is again offering libraries across the U.S. the opportunity to apply for funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming. Three libraries will be selected to receive a $3,000 grant, training to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming, and Campsite Kits, and will have… Read more »