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Jul 12, 2018 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: Community

This blog is the sixth in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Communities support people in their professional and personal lives. People benefit from ...  Read more »

Jul 9, 2018 I
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Funding alert + partnership request: U.S. ED opens grant competition with family literacy as a priority

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) was successful in advocating to include family literacy as a competitive priority in a new grant competition hosted by the United States Department of ...  Read more »

Jul 4, 2018 I
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Summer time, family time!

Summer time is here! Unofficially starting with Memorial Day and ending with Labor Day, families come together to enjoy the season of vacations, barbecues, and fun. Specifically, Fourth of July is a ...  Read more »

Jun 29, 2018 I
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Education Solutions: integrating technology into the English language learner classroom

Technology is everywhere! We must think about how to support students in using technology wisely. It is important to integrate technology into the English Language Learner classroom, as a support to ...  Read more »

Jun 26, 2018 I
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It’s here! Schedule published for the 2018 Families Learning Conference

The full schedule of concurrent sessions, general sessions, and special events is available on the 2018 Families Learning Conference website. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be ...  Read more »

Jun 14, 2018 I
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Free, digital education program designed to combat summer learning loss

Families can take learning on-the-go this summer with a new app for Camp Wonderopolis®, a free, fun, online education program. For children, the digital camp fuels curiosity and engages their ...  Read more »

Jun 11, 2018 I
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Education Solutions: next steps in family engagement

As the adage goes, there are three good reasons to be a teacher: June, July, and August. The myth is that during the summer, educators sleep late, lounge by the pool, and travel to exotic ...  Read more »

Jun 7, 2018 I
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Don’t miss out on early bird pricing for the 2018 Families Learning Conference

Before you head out the door for summer vacation, remember to register for the 2018 Families Learning Conference, held September 24-26 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Register by July 1 and you’ll save $100 ...  Read more »

Jun 6, 2018 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: Trust

This is the 5th blog in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Many educators believe that working together and engaging families results in students being ...  Read more »

May 30, 2018 I
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Education Solutions: Tips to support summer learning for families, part 2

Traditionally, summer has been seen as a carefree time for students. Nostalgic images of children playing in their neighborhoods until their parents call them home at dusk might come to mind. But the ...  Read more »

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