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Foundations of Family Learning Programs

The Foundations of Family Learning Programs training provides family literacy and family learning program practitioners with the frameworks needed to fully understand and implement NCFL’s signature family literacy and family learning place-based program models. Foundations is designed to provide a basic overview of the principles and practices of family literacy/family learning program implementation and the research that supports these practices.

Family Engagement in Home, School, and Community Settings (Parent Time and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®

In Classroom Settings: Parent Time and PACT Time® are the heart of family literacy/family learning programs. In this training, participants incorporate parent topics into successful Parent Time sessions and implement the process of PACT Time in the classroom for families of preschool and elementary children. Find out how to use these two components to enhance the skills of families and improve literacy outcomes. Participants leave this session with an individualized plan for Parent Time and PACT Time.

In Home and Community Settings: One goal of Parent Time and PACT Time® is to move family engagement and interactive experiences beyond the classroom and into home and community settings. This training focuses on strategies to extend Parent Time and PACT Time in ways that are meaningful and sustainable for families. One strategy for doing that is family service learning, where parents and children move into leadership positions to solve problems and support community efforts. Participants leave this training with new ideas to help parents and children bridge the gap between school and home, and a framework for utilizing family services learning in programs.

Families Reading and Talking Together/Familias leyendo y hablando juntas (Train-the-Trainer Workshop)

Families Reading and Talking Together encourages learning and pre-literacy activities in the lives and homes of families of preschool children. This a train-the-trainer professional development opportunity that provides workshops to give families ideas and strategies they can easily use with their children throughout the day. This resources and workshop materials are provided in both Spanish and English, and are designed to promote intergenerational learning in the homes of participating families, focusing on familiar everyday experiences.

Partnering with Families for Student Success

Create a partnership with families focused on student achievement! Through listening and learning alongside family members, teachers are becoming more critically aware of the changes in philosophy and the necessity to include parents in literacy conversations and dialogue. This professional development opportunity, Partnering with Families for Student Success, presents family engagement research and practical ways that this research can be used to connect with families. Effective reading strategies that teachers can share with parents for use with their K-5 children will be presented and explored to increase student achievement in the elementary classroom.

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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, they invested in the organization’s Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University