Exciting news from Toyota Family Learning partners

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to share the good work that our partners are doing throughout the country in Toyota Family Learning programs. In short, over the 2016-2017 school year, participating parents improved their workforce skills, got better jobs, and increased their income. They’re engaging more often in rich interactive literacy strategies with their children, and families are more engaged in school and education than they were before beginning the program.

These outcomes were uncovered by an independent party evaluating our Family Learning programs for the 2016-2017 school year. The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy carried out NCFL’s largest study of our Family Learning model within 11 communities nationwide.

For the fourth year in a row, the results are promising. Participating parents reported that:

  • 96% became a better parent for their child
  • 74% improved English skills
  • 53% upgraded skills to keep current job
  • 49% got a better job
  • 53% made more money

In addition to these data points, the evaluators found that participating families engaged in Family Service Learning projects that focused on 90 different community issues! Participants had the opportunity to practice computer skills, academic skills, and skills for teamwork, problem solving, and communication—all crucial for employment.

This is the latest study of NCFL’s three-decade body of work that shows family learning contributes to eradicating generational poverty.

For more information about this evaluation or Toyota Family Learning programs, contact news@familieslearning.org.