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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is providing FREE virtual learning opportunities, and you're invited to attend. Going Deeper with Family Service Learning | Friday, February 16 at 2pm EST Registration link: Service-learning strategies have been widely used to enhance learning experiences of youth and young adults. Participation in these strategies often results in increased school engagement and attendance, civic participation, and leadership activities. Although service-learning undertakings have typically been carried out with school-age and college students, NCFL has developed a model that extends service-learning benefits to families. "Going Deeper with Family Service Learning"  is a one-hour webinar that will focus on facilitation techniques to engage families in Family Service Learning to maximize the family voice and outcomes. Strategies from the field will be shared by guest presenters Robb Gallegos (Metropolitan State University—Denver, Colorado), Cynthia Mora (Public Education Foundation, Las Vegas, Nevada), and Christina Mireles (Southwest Solutions, Detroit, Michigan). Register now>> Supporting Family Literacy with SNAP E&T Program Funds | Friday, February 23 at 2pm EST Registration link: What is SNAP E&T and how can it support family literacy efforts? The SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program is a federally-funded program that states can use to enhance non-federal investments in skills training and education for low-income adults who receive SNAP (formerly, the Food Stamp program). In this free webinar, NCFL is joined by Marcie Foster from the Office of Employment and Training, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Tune in to learn how family literacy programs can tap into funds from SNAP E&T. This flexible program can be used by states to fund both training and supportive services and is optimally used when aligned with other federal and non-federal workforce development and career pathways efforts. On this webinar, USDA will share information about the program so family literacy programs can better understand the opportunity that SNAP E&T may present to states with whom they are working. In addition, USDA will share updates on two technical assistance projects—the SNAP to Skills Project and the SNAP E&T Academy—that both seek to expand national expertise on the program. Register now>> WIOA Career Pathways Innovations - Connecting Adult Education to Workforce Development | Friday, March 2 at 2pm EST Registration link: Join the Literacy Funders Network and NCFL to learn how the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC) is working with local partners to use data to create innovative ways to help adults with low-skills move onto a career pathway. Based on research and data compilation conducted by CCLC, it became clear that many adult education participants enroll in services seeking entry into employment that pays family-sustaining wages. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its emphasis on career pathways provided the impetus to take data into action and build intentional programming that connects adult education providers to the workforce development system. Join our webinar to learn about innovative solutions that build direct connections between adult education providers and their local American Job Center and take data and policy into action. Presenters include Becky Raymond (Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition); Andi Drileck (National Able Network®); and Norman Ruano, Ph.D. (St. Augustine College). Register now>>

You're invited to join these webinars, and we encourage you to share them with others in your network! Look for additional opportunities this spring from NCFL.


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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.

Read More about Toyota and NCFL

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.

Visit the Foundation website

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