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Join us in the Sunshine State in 2018!


Mark your calendar for the 2018 Families Learning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. From Monday, September 24 to Wednesday, September 26, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will host the premier family literacy and learning professional development event. Educators, family literacy staff, school administrators, education researchers, policymakers, and library staff are invited to attend… Read more »

Fiberworks creates hundreds of totes for the Families Learning Conference 2017


When you look around at the Families Learning Conference, you’ll likely see something unique to conferences: attendees storing conference items in handmade totes made from a variety of fabrics and patterns. For the third year, NCFL has enlisted the help of our community to create totes for attendees of the Families Learning Conference. This year’s… Read more »

21 technology resources for family learning programs


The Internet has revolutionized the way educators find lesson content and resources for their students. In fact, there’s so much content available, it can be difficult to decide what to use. The education team here at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has gathered 21 of our favorite resources to share with educators and… Read more »

Heading to the Families Learning Conference? Final details below!

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You’ve registered. You’ve made your flight and hotel reservations. Now here’s how to make the most of your #NCFL2017 experience: Getting to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa with ease NCFL has chosen Adobe Transportation to provide attendees with direct shuttle service between the Tucson International Airport and our hotel at the… Read more »

Latest research in family literacy explored at the Families Learning Conference

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What is the latest research in family literacy and learning, and how can it inform your work? The Families Learning Conference 2017 will feature a research strand of concurrent sessions, including three featured researchers invited by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy. These sessions will explore data in family literacy, adult education, family… Read more »

Apply for an Innovation Grant for your literacy program

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The National Literacy Directory is again rewarding innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. In anticipation of National Family Literacy Month in November, we are seeking program innovations involving whole families in learning. Eligible programs must have up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory. All current Directory members will need to… Read more »

Sen. Rand Paul joins conversation about two-generation learning

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Two-generation family literacy programming lifts parents and children to find greater success academically and economically. That’s the message that Sen. Rand Paul heard from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) President and Founder, Sharon Darling, and our program participants and partners at a roundtable discussion at NCFL headquarters on September 25, 2017. “The NCFL… Read more »

Free #NCFL2017 registration up for grabs!


Two weeks—that’s all that is standing in the way of the premier family literacy and learning event for educators, family literacy staff, school administrators, library staff, researchers, and policy makers. Haven’t registered for the Families Learning Conference? You could go for free! Attend our two free webinars this week for the chance to win a free registration and… Read more »

Mississippi Families First state employees trained on NCFL Family Learning model

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In August, staff members from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) trained employees from Mississippi Department of Human Services and Families First for Mississippi to implement the NCFL Family Learning model in 20 social service centers located throughout the state. Participants were eager and open to learn about our research-based, innovative model that consists… Read more »

Wonderopolis® announces dynamic group of ambassadors

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We are thrilled to announce the lineup of Wonderopolis Lead Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year! We carefully select a small number of experienced and passionate educators to represent Wonderopolis in their schools and communities, on social media, and as featured bloggers on the Wonder Ground. Please meet our highly qualified team: Leticia Citizen (@citizensowls, website), 5th grade… Read more »