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Want an easy way to support family literacy and NCFL? Do all your internet searches on! NCFL receives a penny every time you do a search. Just visit, enter National Center for Family Literacy as your featured charity — and start searching! Use every day, but be sure to check us out… Read more »

Guest post: Carol Gabler on health literacy

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We know that there are many facets to family literacy, and one of those is health literacy. But what exactly is health literacy? It’s the ability to understand information about your health so you can make wise healthcare decisions. Carol Gabler of Wisconsin Literacy is a longtime advocate for family literacy. In this special guest… Read more »

Deborah Hasson goes to Washington

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Greetings from our nation’s capital! On Monday, I had the privilege of participating as a panelist in one of two Education Summits convened at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute‘s 2008 Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Chaired by the Honorable Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), our session on parent involvement echoed the conference theme of “The Power… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – September 5

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Model Literacy Program From the Contra Costa Times, Pittsburg has embarked on a new literacy program based on this idea: “To encourage reading and improved literacy among children and adults in convenient locations around the city.” Way to go, Pittsburg! Starfall is primarily designed for first grade, but it is also useful for pre-kindergarten,… Read more »

Toyota Teacher of the Year applications now available

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Calling all family literacy teachers! It’s that time of year again. This year marks the 13th annual Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year award. This year’s winner will receive $7,500 for his or her family literacy program, as well as a free trip to the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida…. Read more »

A special thanks to Republic Bank

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NCFL would like to express our sincere thanks and excitement that Republic Bank has stepped up to the role of title sponsor of the 2008 Louisville Technology Acronym Bee (LTAB)! The LTAB is our exclusive annual fundraising event held NCFL’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Since its inception six years ago, this competition/event has raised over… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 29

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International Children’s Digital Library Its mission is “to excite and inspire the world’s children to become members of the global community — children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online.” A great resource for parents and teachers. Thanks… Read more »

Read green & give back

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During the last week of every month, Resplendence Publishing donates a percentage of sales to a nonprofit, and this month they have chosen NCFL!  And on top of that, you get 15 percent off any e-book purchase when you enter NCFL15 at checkout (hence the “read green”). Just go to to save money while… Read more »

What’s new in your program this fall?

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The school year is back in full swing. And here’s your chance to share with other Literacy Now readers what’s in store now that the classrooms are full. Post a comment about new technology you are using, resources you’ve run across this summer or anything you are excited or nervous about for the upcoming year…. Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 22

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Word Connect Here’s a Tetris-like game for vocabulary review. Players even get to choose their own category of words. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the link. Federal grant to boost after-school programs at 17 high schools From the North County Times, administrators at 17 high schools in the San Diego area will turn to teenagers… Read more »