Nov 27, 2017 A locally based national nonprofit, which recently received the American Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2017, has been selected for a long-term research project to help at-risk youth. The Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning, the family literacy advocate whose goal is to help eradicate poverty via education, has been selected by the 50-year-old Search Institute to create and test innovative ways to strengthen relationships between vulnerable youth and adults.
Nov 26, 2017 A unique multi-generation learning program aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families is spreading across Mississippi and should reach all 82 counties by January. The goal: to elevate families out of poverty by empowering parents with the skills and confidence to improve their life situations. Learning is extended beyond school walls and into daily routines, such as a trip to the store, time at the dinner table, or just time alone between parent and child.
Nov 19, 2017 A unique multi-generation learning program aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families is spreading across Mississippi and should reach all 82 counties by January 2018. The goal: to elevate families out of poverty by empowering parents with the skills and confidence to improve their life situations. Learning is extended beyond school walls and into daily routines, such as a trip to the store, time at the dinner table, or just time alone between parent and child.
The Herald Sun
Oct 27, 2017 As a teacher, Mary Andrews knew she had to get her students’ families involved when it comes to literacy. With the help of a grant, she launched the nonprofit Family Reading Partners in 2010. Earlier this month, Andrews, 70, who has worked in Durham and Chapel Hill schools, was awarded the National Family Teacher of the Year title. Here, she talks about the importance of introducing kids to books early on – and what she’ll do with the prize money from the award.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville)
Sep 25, 2017 Close, but no cigar. Despite recent changes to the Graham-Cassidy bill — a GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — Sen. Rand Paul said he is still a "no" vote on the bill, even though a new provision Monday adds increased federal funding for Kentucky.
WDRB 41 Louisville
Sep 25, 2017 Kentucky's U. S. Senator Rand Paul is still opposed to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions. His opposition means fading hope by the GOP and the White House to stave off defeat in a Senate showdown over the Graham-Cassidy health care bill this week.
Sep 19, 2017 Mary Andrews isn't sitting still in retirement. On the contrary, she's building on her 40-year teaching career by expanding family literacy programs throughout the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, community to serve more vulnerable parents and children.
Sep 12, 2017 Dollar General and Kellogg have teamed up on a new Here’s My Story campaign that is aimed at sharing customers’ personalized literacy and education advancements in honor of National Literacy Month, celebrated during September. Dollar General Literacy Foundation is funding the programs.
New York Parenting
Sep 11, 2017 Homework strikes fear in the hearts of many parents. You may not remember facts you learned in school, like the significant battles of the Civil War or the difference between a simile and a metaphor. Some things you learned are obsolete now: Pluto is no longer considered a planet, it was demoted in 2006. Here’s the good news: When it comes to homework help, asking the right questions is more important than knowing all the answers. Use these smart prompts to direct your child’s work and teach important learning-management skills:
Press Release Point
Sep 11, 2017 The Public Library Association (PLA) is spreading the word about its Family Engagement Initiative by reaching out to library, museum and education professionals. PLA leaders and staff are hitting the road this fall to share the latest information on family engagement through public libraries. PLA has partnered with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to support several sessions related to the initiative at NCFL's Families Learning Conference, taking place Oct. 9-11, in Tucson, Arizona. Three conference sessions were developed and will be presented by PLA.
Fine Books & Collections
Sep 5, 2017 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala. Three organizations received awards from Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein: the Children’s Literacy Initiative; the National Center for Families and Learning; and Pratham Books.
Aug 29, 2017 Now that school is back in session, so are the nightly struggles with homework. Some students simply don't understand the material. In other cases, they wonder how they'll ever write that report and solve those math problems between sports practices, music lessons or a part-time job.
Movers & Makers
Jul 6, 2017 Beech Acres Parenting Center honored 43 Cincinnati families graduating from the center’s Toyota Family Learning program. The three-year program encourages parents and children to learn side-by-side, outside the traditional classroom. The graduation ceremony took place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
WDRB 41 Louisville
Jun 14, 2017 Every summer, kids are at risk for losing some of what they learned during the school year. It's called Summer Learning Loss. But there's a free, online program that helps stem Summer Learning Loss, and it's made by Kentucky-based National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Camp Wonderopolis improves children's background knowledge, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills through fun lessons and activities.
WTVQ-TV (ABC, Lexington)
Jun 13, 2017 Eric Burke and John Macleod talked about combating summer learning loss and how it has gotten a bit easier because of free online summer programs at Camp Wonderopolis.
Wave 3 Louisville
Jun 5, 2017 The Academy of Music Production Education and Development is teaming with the the National Center for Families Learning to offer classes in technical skills, including computer networking, repair and web design.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
May 23, 2017 Parents and their children were smiling, faces smudged with paint, as they concentrated on the T-shirts in front of them. On one shirt, a red arrow pointed downward with the word "Violence" written inside, the letters popping against the white cotton.
WHAS 11 Louisville
May 23, 2017 The goal of a new program at the National Center for Families Learning is to eliminate poverty through education and literacy. The program is expanding to new sites in west and south Louisville including the Louisville Urban League, "2 Not 1", and the Americana World Community Center.
May 23, 2017 A unique learning program is expanding to five new sites throughout west and south Louisville. The National Center for Families Learning aims to engage parents, educate families, and reduce violence. "I wanted to learn how to be a parent, how to teach my kids, and not just that, I wanted to learn how to better understand my kids," said Deraldo Hall, a father of five. Hall said he joined the organization to give his kids a better life than he had.
WDRB 41 Louisville
May 23, 2017 Louisville city leaders announced an expansion of the National Center for Families Learning program Tuesday that could help reduce violence and poverty. The goal is to teach adults and children to learn together. And so far, it has worked in Louisville and other cities across the country.
Louisville Business First
May 23, 2017 The National Center for Families Learning has announced a $1.5 million expansion of its free family literacy and job skills program in Louisville. The program allows families to learn together and emphasizes the parents' role in their children's education. In addition to its two current locations, the program will now be offered at five new venues in south and west Louisville, with two more sites to be added this fall. Each location will be able to service about 50 families. The new sites are: McFerran Elementary, Americana World Community Center, the Louisville Urban League, 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families Inc. and the Academy of Music Production Education and Development.
Floyd County Times
May 18, 2017 So, what if you could effectively eliminate the achievement gap at kindergarten? And, in doing so, also elevate parents to build workforce skills and gain employment or better jobs? It would certainly take an innovative approach – one that involves parents and children learning together.
May 17, 2017 Half of Kentucky’s children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to state data. And, when you look at Kentucky’s graduating class of 2016, only one-third of high school seniors reached benchmarks in math and science and only 39 percent earned or surpassed reading standards. These are alarming statistics that demonstrate when kids start school behind, they often stay behind.
The Daily Journal
May 1, 2017 From high school seniors showcasing community service projects to a unique partnership aimed at helping residents get engaged with their community, there was plenty of good news to share last week throughout Northeast Mississippi.
Apr 26, 2017 Kimberly Ledbetter is a 32-year-old single mother who joined the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi last November. Since then, she has seen the impact the organization has been able to make on her 6-year-old daughter’s education. “I’ve learned how to work better with my daughter on homework and reading,” Ledbetter said. “(The FRC) has helped us with more time to focus on her goals in school.”
WCBI-TV (CBS, Columbus, Miss.)
Apr 25, 2017 TV Broadcast of NCFL & Toyota Family Learning in Tupelo, MS
The Winchester Star
Apr 21, 2017 Growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a small Mexican town, Alejandra wanted a better life. Her only hope, she thought, was to move to America with her new husband, and, hopefully, provide that better life for her future children.
The Commercial Appeal
Apr 16, 2017 Toyota Motor Corp. is making a major financial investment in its Blue Springs, Mississippi, manufacturing facility with the announcement of a $10 million visitor and interactive training center as well as $350,000 in donations for education and literacy.
Apr 16, 2017 The Toyota impact continues in Northeast Mississippi. Last week the automotive giant announced plans to build an immersive visitor and training center to showcase the story of the world’s best-selling car – the Corolla – and how our region has played a part in that success. This is certainly a big year for Toyota Mississippi as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the 2-million-square-foot facility in Blue Springs.
WCBI-TV (CBS, Columbus, Miss.)
Apr 13, 2017 There was a stage full of dignitaries for the celebration, but Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the real credit goes to team members who make Toyota Corollas everyday at the Blue Springs plant. “We thank you for being the best Toyota team in the world,” Gov. Bryant said.
WTVA/WLOV (Tupelo/Columbus/West Point)
Apr 13, 2017 Toyota Mississippi celebrated its 10th anniversary with an announcement to build a visitor and interactive training center. Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said the new center will be 15,000 square feet. He says the center will have interactive activities for visitors. "What's really nice is that they'll get to go inside and tour the plant," Botkin said. "Most people have a negative image of manufacturing, in, that it's dirty. Our plant is spotless and very bright and vibrant, especially with the Mississippi workers that we have."
Penn State News
Feb 8, 2017 A new policy brief out of Penn State’s Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy has identified a critical need for family literacy programs across the United States and calls for increased funding of these programs nationwide.
The Foxboro Reporter
Dec 27, 2016 After a summer of fun, getting back into the swing of the classroom can be difficult for students of all ages and family backgrounds. But parents can help, say experts. “It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn't enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).
Dec 19, 2016 Winter Storm Decima created a snowy, icy mess for many drivers this weekend in Northeast Missouri and West-Central Illinois. Crews in both states worked overtime to clear roads for travelers. "This weekend has gone OK," said MoDOT Hannibal spokesperson Lydia Brownell. "We had a little issue with the misty rain, but we got past it. The most trouble we had was in the south because of the rain."
The Detroit News
Dec 15, 2016 “Beyond English, I learned how to help my sons with their education, gained job skills and put them all together to create a better life for us,” she said. Today, she and her husband are proud homeowners, have become United States citizens and have graduated one son from college, with another working on his degree.
Dec 6, 2016 It wasn’t until Lupe came upon a two-generation family learning program free to participants at her son’s school that her life began to change. “Beyond English, I learned how to help my sons with their education, gained job skills and put them all together to create a better life for us,” she said.
Nov 28, 2016 By now you’ve rocked Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday — in order to complete the post-Thanksgiving spending-palooza, you’ve got one day left: Giving Tuesday. And there’s no better way to celebrate both Giving Tuesday and your own personal bibliophilia than by checking out some literary nonprofits to donate to on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. I’ve complied a handy list of 18 of them for you below.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Nov 25, 2016 Lupe Maldonado, her husband and son came to this country with nothing more than a dream. Living in a garage, no bathroom, no running water, sleeping on a mattress on the concrete floor, the Maldonados were short on worldly possessions but strong on hope. But, even hope can be razor thin and fleeting.
The Santa Clara Weekly
Nov 9, 2016 One award ceremony took place during a pre-game at the Levi’s Stadium and the other occurred over 2,000 miles away from Santa Clara in Detroit, Michigan. Both awards ceremonies recognized outstanding women associated with the Santa Clara City Library and more specifically, Read Santa Clara, the library’s free adult literacy program. On Oct. 18, at the National Center for Families Learning Conference in Detroit, Michigan, Klor was recognized as the 2016 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year runner-up. She received a plaque and a $5,000 grant for Read Santa Clara. Klor was nominated by Shanti Bhaskaran, the library’s literary program supervisor.
Nov 9, 2016 On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. Jim Lentz, chief executive officer, Toyota Motor North America, will be in Detroit to observe, firsthand, students and their parents at Harms Elementary School, 2400 Central St., participating in a family literacy program funded by the automaker. Called Toyota Family Learning, one of its key components is that parents and their children attend the same school, spending time in the classroom together.
Half Moon Bay Review
Nov 8, 2016 The Families in Action group is currently conducting a food, clothing and toiletry drive to benefit the local homeless population. All goods collected will be distributed at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, to the homeless in the community. The group will go out to the area behind Safeway where some have seen homeless gather for shelter, and they will give everyone they find a goodie bag with essentials. The Families in Action is working on this initiative as part of its first community service learning project, a requirement of the Toyota Family Learning program.
Detroit Free Press
Oct 24, 2016 It’s estimated that by age 3, children from low-income families are hearing 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families. And that puts some children at an academic disadvantage before they ever start kindergarten. “Words unlock success for children,” said Richard DeVore, regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Bank.
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2016 Toyota isn't just relocating its North American headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to Plano, Texas — it's fundamentally changing the way it operates its businesses in North America. "Most everyone, when they think of Toyota, they think of a single company in the U.S., and we are really not," Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said Tuesday during a one-day visit to Detroit. "We are a group of affiliated companies working together."
The Mercury News
Oct 15, 2016 Ellin Klor, a teacher with the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends, has been named runner-up in the 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year competition. The recognition, by Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning, includes a $5,000 award to expand outreach for the Read Santa Clara literacy program.
Toyota USA Newsroom
Oct 13, 2016 When Jean Ciborowski Fahey of Weymouth, Mass., joins a circle of moms and newborns, she condenses decades of knowledge about brain development into a 20-minute message that’s straightforward and provides parents ways to help their children develop a strong foundation for learning. The Weymouth, Mass., community educator was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year today by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents of babies and young children about reading and brain development.
Oct 13, 2016 Years of testing children for reading difficulties at Boston Children's Hospital got Jean Ciborowski Fahey interested in a new approach: instead of fixing literacy problems, why not prevent them? That idea eventually led Ciborowski Fahey to the maternity ward at South Shore Hospital, where her book, "Make Time for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children" is given to each of the 3,500 mothers who deliver their babies there each year.
United States Senate
Sep 19, 2016 U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of Family Service Learning and designating the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as National Family Service Week. “When we invest in families, the entire community benefits and grows,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Family Service Learning opens up new opportunities that will empower parents and children alike to benefit from the gift of education and the opportunity of community involvement.”
National Center for Families Learning
Sep 13, 2016 This week Members of Congress, led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) in the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution acknowledging the broad benefits of Family Service Learning. The Resolution designates the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as “National Family Service Learning Week.”
Aug 2, 2016 “It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn't enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).
Huffington Post Blog
Jul 18, 2016 #GEDGradDay, held June 15, was a hit on social media. This initiative encouraged grads to post videos and pictures showing their stories and experiences with the GED test and how valuable their degrees were to them.
Philanthropy News Digest
Jul 6, 2016 The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to expand opportunities for and improve quality of life for boys and men of color in Kentucky.
WDRB 41 Louisville
Jun 27, 2016 This year's theme is "Flex Your Wonder," featuring fun lessons about fitness and health. Camp offers 42 exciting units of STEM-based Wonders covering six topics ranging from health to sports and fitness.
Huffington Post Blog
Jun 15, 2016 Recently we started a pilot project to further enhance our ability to share these graduates stories in compelling ways online. Tactics include using colorful graphics, exciting gifs and fun videos. That project wraps up on June 15th when we kick-off of an exciting digital event called #GEDGradDay.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
May 27, 2016 This year, Louisville has even more to celebrate. A group of parents and children are finishing their first year in a national two-generation learning initiative that is changing lives.
May 24, 2016 OK, don’t laugh. Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. And before you say, “Over my dead body,” these aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear.
May 15, 2016 Teachers have labored to enliven summer reading for decades. In a 1997 NCTE journal article, Florida middle school ELA teacher Gloria Pipkin, who later wrote books for Heinemann and edited for Scholastic in the 2000’s, noted the challenges...
Wave 3 Louisville
May 12, 2016 Parents got a chance to get involved in their child's education Thursday evening. From learning the alphabet, to counting with fish and car-seat safety around 125 families participated in Family Learning Night at the DuValle Education Center.
May 10, 2016 In one of its first big philanthropic moves two years ago, Toyota donated $1 million to the Plano ISD STEAM Academy High School and made volunteers available to the school. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.)
May 6, 2016 The free program incorporates technology with innovative and traditional teaching methods. Components involve family-to-family mentoring, the trademarked Parent and Child Together Time curriculum and the NCFL's unique approach.
Apr 16, 2016 Sounds of hammering and electric drills, alongside cheers of “we did it!” echoed outside of Harrington Library last month as Plano Family Literacy School conducted a service learning project in conjunction with their Toyota Family Learning partnership.
WHNT 19 Huntsville
Apr 7, 2016 The Village of Promise in Huntsville is offering a new program. The Toyota Family Learning program is made possible by a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning.
Mar 31, 2016 Nearly 100 parents and children are enrolled in Toyota Family Learning at three BCPS sites. The program empowers parents and caregivers, as well as their children, to become engaged in their schools and communities. It also leverages technology as parents and children learn together and serve their communities through NCFL’s Family Service Learning approach, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® and family-to-family mentoring. The Toyota Family Learning initiative expands and supports the existing BCPS family literacy programs.
Broward County Public School System
Mar 30, 2016 Video footage of the official news conference of the unveiling of Toyota Family Learning Prorgram
WDRB 41 Louisville
Mar 23, 2016 Toyota is helping to drive a program to benefit dozens of Louisville families. A $175,000 grant from the automaker will help 45 families enroll in a new kind of mentoring program. The Toyota Family Learning Program will work to address the education challenges of low income and ethnically diverse families.
Las Vegas Now
Mar 11, 2016 A new family learning program is underway in Las Vegas thanks to Toyota. The automotive company has committed $10 million nationwide over the next six years to make the program a success in Las Vegas and around the country. It's called Toyota Family Learning and it will help fill the gap for low-income families by creating a program that allows parents to learn along with their student children.
The News Wheel
Mar 1, 2016 This particular program, Toyota Family Learning, specifically targets ethnically diverse families and families with low income. The goal is to help parents and caregivers become more engaged in their children’s education. Guardians will learn technologies—and even the English language—to better teach their children at home after school hours.
The Dallas Morning News
Feb 26, 2016 Toyota donated $175,000 to the National Center for Families Learning on Thursday to try to help resolve educational challenges facing low-income families. The Plano school district is working with the Center for Families to implement Toyota Family Learning at the Plano Family Literacy School and Sigler Elementary.
Dec 9, 2015 Providence families joined together to learn about nutrition and collect food for refuge families. The Nov. 12 event, a celebration of National Family Literacy Month, was attended by families participating in Toyota Family Learning, a program led by the National Center for Families Learning.
Nov 30, 2015 2014 Toyota USA Family Teacher of the Year Liz Atack encourages her community to work together to improve children's literacy and asks "every parent and caregiver to read, write, sing, talk and play with their little ones every day."
Nov 24, 2015 The research is clear – a strong support system helps children excel in the classroom and beyond. This month the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and 10 Toyota Family Learning programs are celebrating National Family Literacy Month® by focusing on the immense influence families have on a child’s education, future success and well-being.
The Nerdy Book Club
Nov 15, 2015 "The House That Reading Built" by Donalyn Miller
WOMMY Awards (Toyota Family Trails)
Nov 3, 2015 Earlier this month, we announced our WOMMY Award winners at a swanky evening event at LIV Nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida. This week I had the honor of presenting all of the gold award-winning case studies to an enthusiastic packed house during Social Media Week Chicago.
Nov 2, 2015 Family Literacy Initiatives Focus on Creating Strong Support System for Children Learning to Read
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky)
Oct 22, 2015 Wonderopolis aims to engage kids in reading
The White House
Oct 15, 2015 Toyota commits $4.5 million to expand the Toyota Family Learning Initiative reaching new Latino communities. This investment will support the National Center for Families Learning in further developing the national model and equip an additional 500 low-income Hispanic and other underrepresented families with innovative tools and educational opportunities, including family service learning projects, over a three-year period.
Oct 15, 2015 Principal Josh Patterson discusses how his school's teachers used Wonderopolis to create a culture of inquiry to fuel learning.
Aug 1, 2015 NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick joins WQED Edu's iQ: smartparent's Darieth Chisolm to discuss Wonderopolis and other resources parents can use to cultivate learning and growth when school is not in session.
Jun 13, 2015 New Idea: Families that Learn Together -- An op-ed from Beech Acres CEO Jim Mason.
Jun 10, 2015 Parents graduate from a Milwaukee charter school’s Toyota Family Learning program
Jun 2, 2015 Beech Acres helps school families navigate parenthood via Toyota Family Learning
News 12 The Bronx
May 19, 2015 Toyota Family Learning parents at East Side House complete leadership workshops
FOX28 - WSJV | Indiana
May 18, 2015 Kids will have access to free books this summer through the third annual Hoosier Family of Readers summer literacy initiative by the Indiana Department of Education.
KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)
May 16, 2015 KLKN's Excellence in Education featured seven West Lincoln Elementary parents ("miracle workers") who have been helping one another learn how to best support their children with schoolwork; assisting with transportation for each other; and informing other parents about available school resources.
KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)
May 14, 2015 "The hope is to inspire their children to work hard." Toyota Family Learning at Lincoln Public Schools was featured on KLKN's Excellence in Education.
U.S. Department of Education
May 12, 2015 A Family Literacy Night in Louisville, Kentucky was a celebration of some of the work being done by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) as a key partner. They are working together to improve kindergarten readiness through the use of 1) High impact family engagement; 2) Specific intergenerational literacy strategies in the home and community tied to classroom strategies.
The Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2015 Homework woes: In a 2013 survey by the National Center for Families Learning, 60 percent of parents admitted they were sometimes unable to help their child with homework.
Apr 24, 2015 [Toyota Family Learning participants] walked hand in hand with both their parents and police during a safety walk in Mott Haven on April 17... they handed out flyers and carried posters which implored their fellow residents and area businesses to keep the streets safe and clean.
Mott Haven Herald
Apr 22, 2015 Families walk for change: Starting at a community center in the South Bronx, more than 20 Toyota Family Learning families toured Mott Haven alongside an NYPD Captain and fellow officers to identify and address neighborhood safety concerns.
Parental engagement vital in education
Apr 12, 2015 NCFL’s 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year runner up shares how she is engaging families with young children in the San Antonio area through her Virtual Program for Kindergarten (VPK) at Southwest Independent School District Early Childhood Center.
WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
Apr 6, 2015 Wonderopolis keeps students engaged during Spring and Summer break
WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
Mar 23, 2015 VP Emily Kirkpatrick and Creative Director Jon Reigelman share Wonderopolis resources, fossil experiments, and local learning opportunities.
Mar 22, 2015 Feature on Kristen Whitaker, NCFL's 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award recipient, and her home-visiting practices, its benefits.
Business First Louisville
Feb 19, 2015 Louisville nonprofit launches app, Renegade Buggies, to improve financial literacy for families.
WAVE 3 News: Louisville, Ky
Feb 18, 2015 Jefferson County Public Schools tackle snow-day brain drain with at-home Wonderopolis activities
WHAS 11 News: Louisville, Ky.
Feb 18, 2015 NCFL, Jefferson County Public Schools encourage students to learn despite snow day.
WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
Feb 17, 2015 Local school system encourages families to use NCFL's Wonderopolis to enhance learning at home during snow days.
SmartBlogs: One district’s approach to ELL instruction
Feb 5, 2015 In 2000, the Community Based English Tutoring program was established and offered adult ESL classes specifically designed for parents to support their children’s academic progress. Ten years later, the Oakland CBET program evolved into the Family Literacy Program with the implementation of the National Family Literacy Model and with support from NCFL.
Feb 2, 2015 Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School educates a second generation of students with help from a major Toyota/NCFL grant to create opportunities for families to become more involved in school activities.
WDRB Fox Morning News
Jan 13, 2015 Wonderopolis hopes to spark curiosity when students have time to flex their imagination.
The Denver Post
Dec 4, 2014 Metropolitan State University's family education program wins Toyota Family Learning grant to integrate, add support
Nov 26, 2014 Milwaukee charter school wins national family learning grant
The Providence Journal
Nov 22, 2014 Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island's Toyota Family Learning participants make sure refugees find a place at a table and a first Thanksgiving for its first Family Service Learning event this year.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov 19, 2014 A new charter school operating under Milwaukee Public Schools has won a $175,000 Toyota Family Learning grant to engage parents and their children in learning.
Five Foods You Hate as a Kid But Love as an Adult
Nov 11, 2014 Wonderopolis is cited to to explain how smell plays an important role in our taste bud development saying, “A food that has a strong smell might be unattractive to children who might otherwise not mind its taste alone.”
CBS New York
Oct 22, 2014 Based on our survey that found over 60 percent of parents struggle to help their children with homework, 1010 WINS' John Montone went on the move to find out if and why homework is too hard for many parents.
New Albany News and Tribune
Oct 11, 2014 Greater Clark (Indiana) approves pilot program for non-English speakers, Families Reading & Talking Together, run by NCFL.
The Daily Ardmoreite
Sep 29, 2014 NCFL joins Ardmore City Schools for literacy nights with a focus on reading with use of myON technology.
Sep 21, 2014 NCFL survey reveals nearly half of U.S. parents dread sending their children back to school.
Aug 26, 2014 The National Literacy Directory set out to change the way adult learners access educational resources. The program boasts listings of over 10,000 academic organizations and GED-testing centers nationwide, as well as a toll-free number for interested participants who would prefer to obtain referrals to local programs from qualified staff.
Aug 20, 2014 Springdale (AR) Superintendent Jim D. Rollins describes NCFL's PACT Time as "a model for the nation" in this Q&A about his district handles the ever-changing population of his district.
Tristate News [Evansville, IN]
Aug 15, 2014 Thanks to generous funding from Old National Bank, NCFL will combine strengths and expertise with Indiana Department of Education to build on Hoosier Family of Readers. Tristate News was there to witness the check presentation.
Louisville Business First
Aug 13, 2014 NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick named one of 20 people to know in education. Read her full Q&A here.
Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
Aug 8, 2014 For CTL's 20th Anniversary guest blog series, Sharon Darling writes about the importance of seeking a broader view of family engagement.
Aug 6, 2014 In "Federal Pre-K Push Could Also Boost Parents' Education, Advocates Say," Sharon Darling adds, "We spend a lot of money on poor children in our schools... But in reality, there are no poor children. They live with poor parents, and (the parents) are poor because they have poor skills. You can't keep putting a Band-Aid on one part of the equation."
The Washington Post
Aug 3, 2014 An in-depth look at NCFL's Founder Sharon Darling's concept of dual-generation learning at work in a D.C. charter school.
Aug 1, 2014 Making the Grade: Phoenix teacher Kathleen Johnston gets an “A+” for uplifting students – and a 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year grant from NCFL to scale her methods across the country.
Jul 24, 2014 "Reading should be a family affair, but parents can't help their children learn to read if they can't read well themselves." NCFL cited in powerful op-ed by PA State Rep. Hal English and Don Block, executive director of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.
Jul 21, 2014 Camp Wonderoplis At The Kenton County Public Library. Guest Post by KCPL Children’s Programmer/Librarian; Krista King-Oaks.
The Little Things
Jul 10, 2014 Great review (and photos!) of the ever-popular Camp Wonderopolis events in Northern Kentucky at the Kenton County Public Library.
WHNS (FOX) - Greenville, SC - Morning News @ 7
Jul 7, 2014 WHNS (FOX) in Greenville, SC lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a "a great on-line summer camp" and encouraged viewers to sign up. "There are lots of educational and colorful activities your kids can take part in to enhance learning. They have sections like the Wonder Zoo, the Wonder Amusement Park, and the Wonder Woods..."
Jul 5, 2014 A Kenton County librarian is interviewed about Camp Wonderopolis and its ability to allow children and parents to explore wonders of world without leaving home.
Jun 18, 2014 Camp Wonderopolis joins a reputable list of Virtual Summer Camps.
Jun 18, 2014 Toyota Family Learning's Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island works with families to strengthen reading, language skills.
Good Morning America Live!
Jun 17, 2014 Campers and Counselors from Camp Wonderopolis were invited on the set of GMA Live! to talk about Camp and eat Twinkies.
Jun 12, 2014 DIIRI Director Kathleen Cloutier: Engaging immigrant families in schools with Toyota Family Learning
Jun 11, 2014 EdCentral reporter writes, "Innovative programs like Camp Wonderopolis™ provide families the opportunity to attend an online educational summer camp at no cost."
Mommies with Style
May 29, 2014 Mom blogger lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a fun and free way to prevent summer brain drain,
7 Kids and Us
May 27, 2014 Mom Bloggers Casey and Paige review NCFL's FamilyTimeMachine.com and share its activities and ideas for family fun time.
Lincoln Public Schools
May 14, 2014 Parents from Everett Elementary School spoke of how they had learned how to help their children in school, had learned English, and had learned how to grow comfortable in Lincoln, Neb. at Lincoln Public Schools' Toyota Family Learning graduation ceremony on May 12, 2014.
May 13, 2014 MiddleWeb lauds Camp Wonderopolis as a good "Beyond Reading" tool in its "Cool Summer Reading for Kids: 2014 Resources!" roundup.
The DC Moms
May 2, 2014 During a family road trip to North Carolina, The DC Moms' blogger discovers NCFL's Family Time Machine.
Providence Business News
Apr 14, 2014 The Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island is one of five winners of a Toyota Family Learning grant for $175,000 to fund new family learning programs.
Lincoln Journal Star
Mar 29, 2014 Maria Pesina Cruz writes about how her involvement in the Lincoln Public School family literacy program changed her life for the better. LPS was a 2014 recipient of the $175,000 Toyota Family Learning grant.
School Library Journal
Mar 28, 2014 A Nashville librarian who created family literacy programs and carefully tracked her programs’s outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.
Mar 27, 2014 Developing literacy begins in the home. In this #PTChat follow-up, NCFL's Director of Literacy and Family Learning Services Donna Elder shares her strategies and tools for inspiring kids to read and develop their literacy skills.
The Daily Breeze
Mar 22, 2014 Toberman Neighborhood Center's CEO writes about NCFL's Families Learning Summit and why she believes that family involvement is the key to raising thriving, healthy and successful children.
KET College & Career Ready News
Mar 12, 2014 KET, the largest PBS affiliate in the US, reports on the Family Time Machine and the reasons behind NCFL's recent name change.
Mar 10, 2014 Kathleen Johnston was named the first runner-up for the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award at NCFL's Families Learning Summit. She wants to use her $5,000 grant to build an intergenerational program that brings Phoenix's elders into her class to volunteer and share their life stories and career knowledge with students.
Houston Community Newspapers
Mar 7, 2014 Houston Mayor Annise Parker writes, "Houston Public Library has been selected this year as one of only five sites across the nation to partner with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) on Toyota Family Learning. This is an opportunity for the Houston Public Library to join one of the most innovative educational movements in the country. We will be supporting the entire family, improving student achievement and building a stronger community alongside NCFL and Toyota."
Feb 28, 2014 Amy Mascott sits down with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick at the 2014 Families Learning Summit in Washington, DC, to discuss Wonderopolis and Toyota Family Learning's newest digital platform, Family Time Machine.
The Daily Breeze
Feb 23, 2014 Learning has become a family affair at Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro thanks to financial help from a coveted Toyota Family Learning grant, awarded at NCFL's 2014 Families Learning Summit.
Feb 21, 2014 Conor P. Williams, a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, reports from NCFL's 2014 Families Learning Summit in Washington, D.C.
Brain Burps about Books with Katie Davis
Feb 21, 2014 Writerpreneur Katie Davis discusses Wonderopolis with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick.
Feb 20, 2014 Wonderopolis and the Family Time Machine named in TechSavvyMama Leticia Barr's "7 Educational Sites That Inspire Learning at Home"
Feb 19, 2014 Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has been selected as one of five winners of the Toyota Family Learning grant, a collaboration with the automaker and the National Center for Families Learning.
Feb 18, 2014 Liz Atack, with the Nashville Public Library, was named the Toyota Teacher of the Year by the National Center for Families Learning. Atack was the first librarian chosen in the award's 17-year history.
Feb 13, 2014 NCFL released the Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults (including 454 parents), which showed that while parents spend on average almost nine hours a day with their children, more than half aren't sure how to make the most of the time they have as a family. In response, NCFL and Toyota used the poll results to develop the Family Time Machine, a website to give parents and children creative and educational ideas to best use the precious minutes and hours that they are together.
The Daily Ardmoreite
Jan 27, 2014 A new interactive-literacy program that provides elementary school students access to digital books launched this month at three Ardmore elementary schools thanks to a recent partnership and support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Ardmore City Schools has teamed up with the National Center for Families Learning in hopes to improve elementary school literacy levels and reach children after they leave school each day.
Jan 6, 2014 NCFL Vice President encourages parents to trust their own parenting abilities, instincts when supporting family learning.
Dec 17, 2013 There are countless tools, platforms and websites that are being marketed to parents with the promise of turning your child into the next Sheldon Cooper (though some of us will settle for a functioning adult). So if what you’re looking for includes top-notch websites that will make your kids smart enough to win college scholarships, then consider these awesome resources. #1. Wonderopolis
Toyota Family Literacy Program Research
Dec 15, 2013 A review and synthesis of more than three years of data research reports for seven selected TFLP communities showed gains in three key areas: student achievement, parent engagement and adult reading behaviors.
Citizens for a Digital Future
Nov 22, 2013 Citizens for a Digital Future, Kentucky (CDF) has honored the NCFL with its Leader in Technology Award in recognition of their nationally lauded online program, Wonderopolis.
Nov 5, 2013 Family literacy center changes name, maintains mission
Sep 17, 2013 In this op-ed, NCFL joins forces with our partner Better World Books to raise awareness of the vital role literacy plays in our country’s economic success.
Sep 17, 2013 On the K-12 Parents and the Public blog, Karla Scoon Reid shares the results of NCFL’s parent survey, which finds nearly half of parents struggle helping their children with homework.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Jun 1, 2013 Carolyn Blocker, 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year, and her organization are recognized in this article.
May 19, 2013 Geek Dad’s Daniel Donahoo profiles the redesigned Wonderopolis website and includes examples of how teachers, students, and families use the site to learn.
U.S. Department of Education Blog
May 9, 2013 NCFL and the U.S. Department of Education announce a year-long partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country. Read ED’s blog post on the partnership.
Apr 27, 2013 To kick off NCFL’s annual conference, NCFL VP Emily Kirkpatrick was featured in The Courier-Journal, the daily newspaper for the Louisville, KY, metropolitan area, highlighting the importance of family literacy and the value NCFL brings to local communities and on a national level.
Dec 31, 2012 In Scholastic Instructor, an article on educators’ biggest concerns about implementing Common Core State Standards cites Wonderopolis as a solution to finding appropriate informational text for early readers.