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Leadership Brief: The Collective Impact of Social Innovation on a Two-Generation Learning Program with Hispanic/Latino Families in Detroit, 2017

This leadership brief describes how a strategic partnership and a commitment to a common agenda led to gains for EL students who are Hispanic/Latino and their parents who live in Detroit. It demonstrates a combined and focused effort that resulted in a collective impact for families. With a common agenda, professional development, continuous communication, and ongoing technical support, this mutually reinforcing partnership enriched the social capital of programs and delivered the promise of two-generation educational success. Download the brief and view the related webinar.

From Theory to Outcomes: NCFL's Two-Generation Movement for Families, 2016

This brief describes the theory of change behind the National Center for Families Learning's (NCFL) signature Family Learning model and links this theory to program outcomes for 15 community partners supported by the Toyota Family Learning initiative. The initiative was created by NCFL to address educational needs and provide opportunities for families—particularly low-income, ethnically-diverse families—to learn in the context of their own communities, using technology, and when on the go. The foundation for this movement is 27 years of experience engaging families through comprehensive two-generation programming. Click to read the brief.

Family Service Learning Brief, Spring 2015

Toyota Family Learning, a 6-year nationwide initiative led by NCFL, was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically-diverse families to roll up their sleeves and build stronger communities. Each Toyota Family Learning site is encouraged to host at least three Family Service Learning projects per school year. NCFL knows that when children and families solve community issues together, they are simultaneously learning and applying 21st century college and career readiness skills. Read about the results of Family Service Learning in this brief.

Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology, Revised June 2014

This study explores how parents are incorporating new digital technologies (iPads, smartphones) as well as older media platforms (TV, video games, and computers) into their family lives and parenting practices. The Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University partnered with NCFL to conduct this extensive survey of a nationally representative sample of more than 2,300 parents of children from birth to eight years old.

Click here to download the Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology revised survey

Family Engagement Brief, Spring 2014

This brief explores some of the evidence supporting approaches to family engagement that are effective methods of improving academic achievement. It also includes an overview of different types of family engagement, including case study examples of promising practices and recommendations for parents, school personnel, program officials, and community members seeking increased family engagement in education. These examples of organizations engaging families span public education systems, non-profit organizations, and a public library system.

Click here to download NCFL's Family Engagement Brief.

Toyota Family Literacy Program: Meta Analysis of the Studies of High Performing Family Literacy Programs

In 2003, NCFL and Toyota created the Toyota Family Literacy Program to provide services for the influx of immigrants into America, particularly Hispanic families. NCFL understood the need to provide services to families that would help the adults improve their English language skills, increase their ability to support their children's education, and understand the American schools and expectations for parents in the workforce and greater community. TFLP sites have been developed in 90 Title I elementary schools spanning 30 cities. Seven of those cities participated in this research project to explore the success and achievements of involved families.

Download the analysis of these high performing family literacy programs.

Verizon Life Span Literacy Matrix

The Verizon Life Span Literacy Matrix outlines literacy outcomes, appropriate instruments for measuring outcomes, and effective research-based practices that enable programs and individuals to increase literacy development across the life span. Literacy programs, community-based organizations, and schools can use the matrix to begin identifying the outcomes that are most relevant to successful literacy development and the practices that lead to those outcomes.

Download the Verizon Life Span Literacy Matrix.

National Early Literacy Panel: Developing Early Literacy

This report identifies the skills young children (birth to age 5) need to become successful readers. The National Early Literacy Panel's primary goal was to identify interventions, parenting activities and instructional practices that promote the development of children's early literacy skills.

The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children's Acquisition of Reading

Monique Sénéchal conducted this meta-analytic review for the National Center for Families Learning.

Download The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children's Acquisition of Reading.