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Jun 15, 2017 |

This October, the Families Learning Conference will bring a wide array of professional development opportunities to attendees. From now until July 15, save 20% and register at $399! Find all the details you need to know at conference.familieslearning.org. Our schedule of over 100 concurrent sessions is being finalized, but in the meantime, here are three sessions you definitely won’t want to miss: Opening Keynote Speaker Deborah Phelps   FLC17-FB1200x630-Phelps_2 (Custom) Enjoy listening to a spirited message to moms and families from Deborah Phelps, award-winning educator, best-selling author, and proud parent of three children, including gold medalist, Michael Phelps. Ms. Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic, and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience. In addition to being a highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps is the executive director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. We’re so excited for Ms. Phelps to kick off our conference on Monday, October 9! Live webcast: Family Engagement in Libraries: Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten  Webcast from Families Learning Summit 2016What role does a library play in a child’s transition to kindergarten and how is that role changing? Hear insights from Susan Benton, president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Dr. Margaret Caspe, senior research analyst for the Global Family Research Project, and Dr. Josh Cramer, vice president of NCFL. Brought to the Conference by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this live webcast session on Monday, October 9, is sponsored by Better World Books. Networking, coffee, and breakfast powered by GED Testing Service® GED Testing Service breakfastStart Tuesday, October 10, off with an energizing breakfast and discussion with GED Testing Service® CEO, Randy Trask. Got a burning question in adult education? Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of one of the premier minds in adult education both in person and using the hashtag #AskRandyTrask on Twitter. Ready to plan your trip to the Families Learning Conference? Register and make hotel arrangements at conference.familieslearning.org!

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NCFL Partners

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 $35 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.

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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®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

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.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

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Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Better World Books

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

Foundation Website

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.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University