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Stopping summer learning loss: Free, online camp engages children, parents in wonders of the world

Jul 6, 2017 Parents and children now have a new, free way to explore the wonders of the world while piquing children's curiosities and stemming summer learning loss - Camp Wonderopolis. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), with support from Better World Books, launched this free, online summer learning camp where parents and children can discover fun science, technology, and world wonders at Camp.Wonderopolis.org.

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NCFL Family Learning expands to seven Louisville sites

May 23, 2017 Deraldo Hall didn’t have much support growing up, but he’s working hard to make sure that’s not the case for his five children. Hall, his wife, and kids – four girls and one boy ranging in age from 1 to 6 years old – are attending weekly NCFL Family Learning meetings at 2NOT1. Hall’s family signed up for the program to learn to be a more engaged parent in his children’s education, build family bonds, and learn workforce skills that could widen his job prospects.

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Toyota expands National Family Learning program to Tupelo

May 5, 2017 The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), in partnership with Toyota and the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi, today unveiled a unique family learning program. This innovative, two-generation model called Toyota Family Learning is a solution to many of the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families. The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi received a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and NCFL to launch the program.

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The power of reading: Richmond families celebrate National Reading Month

May 5, 2017 Books can transport children to new places, sparking their imagination and increasing their understanding of the world. The power of reading was celebrated Thursday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool Learning Center in Richmond at a Virginia Preschool Initiative family event that included Frances Frost, family ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

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Boston-area educator wins national Family Teacher of the Year award

Oct 13, 2016 Jean Ciborowski Fahey , a Weymouth, Mass., community educator, was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year today by NCFL and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents of babies and young children about reading and brain development. Central to Ciborowski Fahey’s outreach strategy is a book she wrote, “Make Time for Reading: a story guide for parents of babies and young children.” Ciborowski Fahey will use the $20,000 grant from Toyota and NCFL to reprint her book in English and Spanish, which will enable her to reach nearly 7,000 more parents.

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United States Senators Cornyn and Booker Introduce Family Service Learning Resolution

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.”

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National Center for Families Learning Applauds Congressional Resolution on Family Service 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.”

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Toyota, NCFL expand national learning program to five new cities

May 2, 2016 Grants boost literacy and work skills, strengthen families, improve communities. Sara Aguirre joined Toyota Family Learning in Louisville with the hope that it will start her on a path to find a better job and improve her family’s quality of life by helping her get her GED® certificate and apply to college. She is learning more English and is relying less on her children to translate.

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Application for $20,000 Family Teacher of the Year Award Now Open

Apr 20, 2016 NCFL has issued a call for nominations to find the 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among youth and adults.

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NCFL launches Wonder Ground™ to support millions using Wonderopolis.org

Mar 22, 2016 New educator community to inspire inquiry-based approach to education, led by innovative ambassadors

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NCFL Announces Family Engagement Initiative for Head Start

Feb 9, 2016 The two-generation project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will put the family at the forefront of learning using NCFL’s latest family literacy model—including its Family Service Learning approach— in five Head Start programs over the next three years.

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NCFL Applauds Congressional Passage of ESSA

Dec 8, 2015 Two-generation family literacy, family engagement are priorities in bi-partisan effort

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NCFL launches 2015 Camp Wonderopolis

Jun 15, 2015 Free online website keeps kids and parents learning outside of the classroom

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NCFL Wins REVERE Award for Renegade Buggies

Jun 5, 2015 Renegade Buggies was presented a Beyond the Classroom award at the REVERE Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C., on June 3. The award was given for the creation of a free video game app (available on iOS and Android) designed to open up familial dialogue about basic financial literacy skills and how to make smarter purchasing decisions.

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Toyota and NCFL Announce Third Round of Toyota Family Learning Grants

May 21, 2015 Toyota and NCFL are now welcoming community programs across the nation to submit initial applications for the prestigious Toyota Family Learning grants, which recognize innovation in engaging families in learning, community service, and mentoring. Past grant recipients have contributed thousands of hours of families learning together and service to communities.

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Renegade Buggies wins international award

Apr 2, 2015 NCFL's financial literacy app was named the Instructional Game of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy.

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Literacy Powerline Becomes Part of NCFL

Mar 16, 2015 NCFL and Literacy Powerline have a successful history of working collaboratively and in support of leveraging the power of families and communities to increase literacy and lifelong learning.

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Toyota Family Learning expands into five new communities

Nov 13, 2014 Today’s announcement brings the total NCFL and Toyota grant amount to $1.75 million for programs in 10 schools, libraries and community-based organizations

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Parents and Homework

Sep 18, 2014 Our annual survey reveals more parents admit they struggle helping their kids with homework.

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Families Learning Summit 2015

Sep 8, 2014 Register today to join the nation’s top experts on two-generational learning, spanning early childhood education to adult literacy issues.

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NCFL Announces Literacy Partnership with State of Indiana

Jul 22, 2014 Organizations combine to elevate statewide reading effort for families and inspire nationwide model.

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NCFL and Better World Books Kick Off Summer with Camp Wonderopolis™

Jun 18, 2014 Do you know why gum loses its flavor? Or where lightning bugs go during the day? Do you know why we can’t feel the Earth spin? The answers can all be found at Camp Wonderopolis™ this summer!

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Line on Families Learning - February 2014

Feb 27, 2014 Couldn't join us in Washington, DC? No problem. This special edition of NCFL's monthly newspaper will fill you in on the fun had by all at our annual Families Learning Summit.

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NCFL and Toyota Award National Leaders at Keynote Luncheon

Feb 18, 2014 2014 Family Learning Program grant recipients and Teacher of the Year are announced

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Family Time Machine Makes Every Moment a Learning Opportunity

Feb 12, 2014 NCFL, Toyota partner to ignite imaginations with a new website and mobile app to help parents and kids make better use of every moment

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Guest Blog: Urban Libraries Council to join NCFL at Families Learning Summit

Jan 27, 2014 Harriet Coalter, Director of the Richmond Public Library and Jennifer Giltrop, Director of Public Services from the D.C. Public Library will present how libraries are innovating and leading learning partnerships in a digital age.

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New National Literacy Directory Connects Adults and Their Families to Education Opportunities

Jan 9, 2014 NCFL and Dollar General Literacy Foundation partner to provide comprehensive resource that helps individuals find more than 10,000 local literacy and education programs and GED® testing centers in their area.

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Call for Nominations: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award

Dec 11, 2013 Know a teacher that deserves an “A+” for engaging parents, children and educators in the learning process? Nominate them for the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award and the chance to win $20,000 for their school or non-profit program

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New Data Reveals Compelling Electronic Media Usage Trends Among Hispanic Families

Dec 9, 2013 NCFL and Northwestern University partner, find Hispanic families embrace technology in education

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National Center for Family Literacy Becomes National Center for Families Learning

Nov 1, 2013 NCFL reveals its new name and resources, adding to an already robust set of tools that supports all who make learning successful -- children, parents and educators.

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Half of Parents Have Trouble Helping Their Kids with Homework, Reveals New Survey

Sep 16, 2013 The National Center for Family Literacy Polled Parents, Offers Free Online Help to Get Back in School Year Swing.

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Council to Study Use of Digital Media by Hispanic and Latino Families

Jul 1, 2013 National Center for Family Literacy and Joan Ganz Cooney Center Form Aprendiendo Juntos Council.

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Wonderopolis® Named Best Website for Teaching and Learning

Jun 28, 2013 American Association of School Librarians recognizes site as exceptional in curriculum collaboration.

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National Center for Family Literacy Launches Free, Virtual Summer Camp Today, Through Support from Toyota

Jun 16, 2013 Third Camp What-A-Wonder makes summer learning fun with daily learning opportunities for kids and parents.

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Reimagine Wonder with the Redesigned Wonderopolis® Website, Supported By the Verizon Foundation

May 15, 2013 The National Center for Family Literacy revamps award-winning Wonderopolis with exciting new features to engage families and foster lifelong learning.

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Toyota and National Center for Family Literacy Launch $10 Million Initiative

May 12, 2013 New initiative kicks off by accepting grant applications from local organizations to further family learning beyond the classroom and into homes and communities.

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NCFL announces partnership with U.S. Department of Education to advance family engagement initiatives

May 9, 2013 Goal to provide strategies to improve educational attainment.

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Long Beach Educator Named National Toyota Teacher of the Year

Apr 22, 2013 Will receive $20,000 to implement family literacy program in her community focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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