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Aug 9, 2018 |

As the premier professional development event in family literacy and learning, attendees to the Families Learning Conference have come to expect high quality sessions with practical strategies to use in their communities across the country. In addition to providing excellent content, this year’s Conference, held September 23-26, features many new opportunities. Keep reading to learn more! ncflc18-logo_3x1.jpg Education Solutions Strands Every concurrent session falls into one of six strands, Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Research and Policy, and Two-Generation Learning. Additionally, sub-strands of content will be offered in library programming, financial literacy by Florida Prosperity Partnership, and by COABE-affiliated presenters. With over 120 concurrent sessions offered, having these strands identified will help you zero in on the content you need most. Early Childhood Pre-Conference Session, Sunday, Sept. 23 Limited to 100 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system* Are you looking for new ways to raise up families' voices?  Have you heard about design thinking but not sure how it applies to you? Sponsored by Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County and in collaboration with the Global Family Research Project and The Early Learning Lab, NCFL is hosting a pre-conference workshop on the human-centered design thinking approach to family engagement in early childhood. This innovative session is free to the first 100 registered conference attendees to sign up and will take place on Sunday, September 23, ahead of the 2018 Families Learning Conference. Space is limited so please register early. MODS Mix and Mingle, Sunday, Sept. 23 Free to attend, but complimentary drink ticket requires signup within conference registration system* On Sunday, September 23, join NCFL for an hour with the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS), sponsored by JM Family Enterprises! At this fun, pre-Conference event, attendees will mingle while visiting MODS’ mobile planetarium and STEM table activities. The first 100 attendees to sign up during registration will receive a complimentary drink ticket. PNC Grow Up Great® Welcome Reception, Monday, Sept. 24 On Monday, September 24, enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar, and beautiful ocean views while taking part in interactive learning stations sponsored by PNC. The PNC Grow Up Great® initiative produces a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their kids. Conference participants will be able to experience the PNC Grow Up Great® Mobile Learning Adventure. Channel your inner child by exploring the different learning modules! Coffee Klatsch with Randy Trask, Sponsored by GED Testing Service®, Monday, Sept. 24 Limited to 175 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system* Up to 175 attendees will enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up session featuring a gourmet coffee & tea bar with sweet treats and the crème de la crème: the exciting opportunity to hear from GED Testing Service® CEO Randy Trask in an intimate, informal setting! Given the popularity of this event in recent years, GED Testing Service will enjoy an expanded time frame of 2-3:15pm for conversation, questions, and the opportunity to share cutting-edge adult education news with a national audience. Please reserve your spot in advance for this engaging dialogue! Exhibits in the Conference breezeway Back by popular demand, exhibits will be available starting at 5:00pm Sunday, September 23, and throughout Conference hours. Learn about the latest resources in education while you peruse exhibits at a time that works best for your schedule.

Ready to secure your spot at the 2018 Families Learning Conference? Register today at conference.familieslearning.org/register.

PS: don’t forget to make your hotel reservation using our group rate at conference.familieslearning.org/hotel. Rooms are close to selling out! *If you are already registered for the conference and want to RSVP for a ticketed event, email conference@familieslearning.org and include the event for which you would like to register.  

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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