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Program Spotlight: Goals set the stage for Toyota Family Learning

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In this post by Patricia Lovett, Team Leader for Family Learning at the National Center for Families Learning, learn how goalsetting is an important step in helping families make educational and economic gains: On a recent visit to support Toyota Family Learning at San Mateo County Library, I was energized to see our conversations about goalsetting in… Read more »

Guest Post: Urban Peak at COABE

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Last month, the National Literacy Directory awarded two Innovation Grant scholarships to Directory program representatives to attend Coalition for Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) conference in April. 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 to persistent challenges. In… Read more »

NCFL expands footprint of its two-generation model to benefit Tupelo families

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On April 25, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota unveiled our newest partner in the charge to help lift families out of poverty and into educational success. Community leaders and families in Tupelo, along with staff from NCFL and Toyota, gathered to celebrate the announcement that the Family Resource Center of North… Read more »

Three libraries awarded Camp Wonderopolis® program funding

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and its Wonderopolis® team congratulate three libraries on receiving Camp Wonderopolis® 2017 grants. Covina Public Library (Covina, California), Leonard Reed Elementary School (Cedar Park, Texas), and Taylor County Public Library (Campbellsville, Kentucky) are gearing up to host Camp Wonderopolis workshops for families this summer. These three official Camp… Read more »

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

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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 »