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February 19, 2024
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Charlottesville nonprofit helps low-income families build their dreams with a little cash, a little knowhow and a lot of care
February 19, 2024
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Dr. Ye He in statewide partnership to improve learning outcomes
January 23, 2024
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HOPE Family Resource Center to launch playgroup
January 4, 2024
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Impacts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
November 15, 2023
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Minnesota teacher Artika Tyner named runner-up for national award
November 14, 2023
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Prichard Committee kicks off Family Engagement in Education Week, recognizes ‘family-friendly’ schools
November 13, 2023
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Joint Letter Opposing HR 5894 the FY24 House Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill
October 30, 2023
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California teacher’s family engagement efforts earn national honor
October 25, 2023
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California teacher’s family engagement efforts earn national honor
LOUISVILLE, KY (OCTOBER 25, 2023) – Sergio de Alba of Los Banos, California has long recognized the power of family engagement to create stronger families and stronger communities. For twenty-two […]
October 12, 2023
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Toyota will spend millions in Fayette, Scott schools for new STEM programs. Here’s the plan
October 11, 2023
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $11 Million to Expand and Support Parent Education and Family Engagement Efforts
October 10, 2023
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Prichard Committee celebrates 40th anniversary with awards, election of board including two NKyians
October 5, 2023
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NCFL to lead Statewide Family Engagement Centers in North Carolina and Nebraska
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2023) — The U.S. Department of Education has selected the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to establish and lead the new North Carolina Statewide Family […]
August 23, 2023
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Thorn Hill, fiscal court, FCS, FIS join forces for new initiative
It might not be surprising to learn that when families take an active role in a child’s education, the child will thrive and perform more effectively. But when families and […]
August 8, 2023
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NCFL President and CEO discusses ways to combat summer learning loss on Kentucky Edition (KET)
In this newscast, aired June 16, 2023, Christie Dutton with KET’s Kentucky Edition interviews NCFL President and CEO, Dr. Felicia C. Smith about stopping summer learning loss by engaging children […]
July 27, 2023
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Metro Government awards $4.6 million to organizations for early childhood development
On Tuesday, eight Louisville nonprofits were awarded American Rescue Plan funding to help advance early childhood development. Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg said $4.6 million in ARP funds was awarded by […]
July 27, 2023
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‘Early Learning Action Group’ aims to make preschool more accessible to kids in Louisville
There’s a new effort to make learning more accessible to three and four-year-olds across Louisville. On Tuesday, Mayor Craig Greenberg appointed an “Early Learning Action Group” to come up with […]
July 18, 2023
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Legacy in Action: National Center for Families Learning awards three winners in Sharon Darling Innovation Fund Family Learning System Challenge
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (July 18, 2023) – STEM lessons from a telenovela. An alumni network that builds on preschool family learning achievements once children reach kindergarten. A playbook for teaching parents […]
April 19, 2023
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Perspective | Early childhood development through reading aloud
National Read Aloud Month occurs annually in March. The majority of young children’s brains are formed in their early years, and experiences that center around nurturing from a caregiver help […]
March 23, 2023
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Empowering Minds: 9 Best Literacy Charities Worldwide (Full List with Details)
Literacy is a fundamental skill that empowers individuals to succeed in life. Unfortunately, millions worldwide lack basic literacy skills, hindering their access to education and job opportunities.
January 31, 2023
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National nonprofit launches bold new vision for equity
(January 31, 2023) When the world shut down in the spring of 2020, Katlyn Rivera, a single mother living in Yuma, Arizona, lost her job and took on the role […]
January 25, 2023
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Summit on Adult Literacy Convenes Multisector Group of Leaders at Sunnylands
Washington, D.C. – December 13, 2022 – Last month, representatives from the corporate, philanthropic, government and education sectors convened at the historic Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California for a […]
January 20, 2023
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What role should parents play in schools? Five Colorado districts are teaming up to include them.
The pandemic changed the way parents are involved in their kids’ education. A new family engagement center shared by five districts will better incorporate their input into schools.
January 12, 2023
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Students become published authors through after-school program backed by Toyota
Toyota partners with 826 Dallas Project and National Center for Families Learning to provide students with the opportunity for creative expression.
December 3, 2022
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Students and teachers across the country receive a special delivery from Toyota
NEW YORK (December 2, 2022) – Long-time partners NCFL and Toyota are teaming up with Kids In Need Foundation to donate school supplies to five under-resourced school districts nationwide, impacting […]
December 2, 2022
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Making Skills Visible for Students and Teachers
Based at Lenape Technical School, in Ford City, Pennsylvania, Adult Education coordinator Kelly Kirsch is the kind of instructor who always wants to improve her classes, even when students are […]
December 2, 2022
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Ms. Selcer Honored for Dedication to Families
Sit down for a conversation with Dae Selcer and right away you’ll sense her enthusiasm and passion for her work. Selcer is a multilingual learner teacher and program coordinator at […]
December 2, 2022
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Toyota Spreads Kindness and Joy This Holiday Season
PLANO, Texas (Dec. 1, 2022) – With the holidays upon us, Toyota is celebrating the joy of the season with a special message about spreading kindness. “Like No One’s Watching,” […]
November 17, 2022
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Service-learning model for families receives Congressional Resolution
WASHINGTON (November 17, 2022) – Creating a community garden; making the route to school safer for pedestrians; organizing donation drives to benefit elderly community members—the common thread that is woven […]
October 25, 2022
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Arizona educator receives national honor for her family engagement efforts
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 26, 2022) – Ivonne Ortiz of Mesa, Arizona, knows the power of positive thinking when it comes to achieving goals. She is a cheerleader for the students […]
September 28, 2022
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National family education nonprofit announces research advisory council
National Center for Families Learning convenes researchers from prominent organizations to inform family learning evaluation, practices, and policy context
September 27, 2022
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Federal grant will expand Colorado family engagement in schools
When Luis Murillo started leading parent academies as a principal in Center, he prepared presentations on how school boards work and where school funding comes from — the things he […]
September 15, 2022
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Department Awards Over $7 Million to Eight Organizations to Highlight Parent Voices and Support Families Informing Student Development and Academic Recovery
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced awards totaling over $7 million to eight statewide organizations under the 2022 Competitive Grants for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program, underscoring […]
September 13, 2022
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Statewide Family Engagement Center to launch in Colorado
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Education has selected the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to create and lead the Colorado Statewide Family Engagement Center (CO SFEC). In […]
June 20, 2022
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION
For more than 25 years, Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith has helped Kentuckians harness the power of education to improve their and their families’ lives. It’s a calling she’s pursued in […]
June 20, 2022
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Family Friendly Schools certification prioritizes family engagement
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is partnering with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, through its Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools, to encourage intentional family engagement through the […]
May 23, 2022
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Boosting Adult Literacy Rates in the Black Community
(WIB) – While at the library making copies one day in 2018, Gregory Hill looked up and saw a sign that read “Adult Literacy Center: Read, Learn Help.” At 65-years-old, […]
May 23, 2022
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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Identifies Key Areas to Prioritize
In partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation, The National Center for Families Learning and Reading Is Fundamental, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been investing in literacy and education programs […]
May 20, 2022
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Muskegon Heights families to pilot national literacy program
MUSKEGON, MI – Read Muskegon is introducing a national learning model to Muskegon Heights to boost literacy in the community. The Family Service Learning program, created by the National Center […]
May 13, 2022
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Carnegie Corporation of New York Names 10 Grant Recipients to Support Family Engagement Programs Philanthropic funding
New York, NY — Building on its longstanding support for family engagement and home-school partnerships, Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced 10 grants to nonprofit organizations serving communities in […]
May 9, 2022
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Finding the words
Collective action to address low literacy can uplift families and communities—and change lives for generations.
May 4, 2022
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New Partnership with NCFL Producing Testimony-based Educational Offerings to Support Family Literacy Skills
Modern day Kentucky and WWII-era Austria may seem worlds apart, but the far-flung locales and distant timeframes came together last month at a series of educational workshops at the Iroquois […]
March 8, 2022
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NCFL’s new project engages JCPS students and families in wonder, immersive learning, and service
LOUISVILLE, KY (March 8, 2022) – What happens when we combine inquiry-based science education, virtual reality, and family engagement? Students and their families at several Louisville, Kentucky schools will find […]
March 2, 2022
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We all agree literacy is critical. But little attention is paid to literacy in adults
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Reading is the key. Reading is fundamental. Take a look – it’s in a book. This is what we drill into children’s minds: that learning to read […]
February 7, 2022
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14 Organizations That Help Kids In The US
Sometimes children need help. Whether it’s books to read or critical medical care, these 14 organizations help kids across the United States.
February 7, 2022
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Connections | Felicia C. Smith – National Center for Families Learning
Renee Shaw talks with educator Dr. Felicia C. Smith, president of the National Center for Families Learning, about getting government, families and organizations mobilized in delivering a high-quality education to […]
January 7, 2022
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Toyota’s Holiday Message Highlights Giving Through a Tender Community Tale
The first Toyota ad of the holiday season is less about the brand’s autos and more a tale of a community coming together to resurrect a beloved store.
January 7, 2022
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With Little Stock To Promote, ‘Toyotathon’ Brings Comfort And Joy
With available vehicles scarce and circumstances such as the spread of covid making it more difficult to count on holiday cheer, Toyota this Christmas season has pivoted from its traditional […]
December 2, 2021
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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota support literacy through nationwide book distribution
The effort will distribute more than 85,000 books to 2,000 families nationwide and was highlighted during NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree-lighting special December 1
November 17, 2021
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How dynamic, innovative learning systems benefit Kentucky families and communities
The United States public education system, including right here in Kentucky, is beginning to fully understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on student learning outcomes.
November 1, 2021
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Congress promotes National Center for Families Learning’s Family Service Learning initiative
Innovative family-centric programming designed to enable families to address community challenges continues to receive Congressional recognition. Family Service Learning, a framework that facilitates family-generated community service projects, was recognized today […]
October 27, 2021
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Broward County educator named national Family Teacher of the Year
$25,000 grant will fund family engagement efforts for two standout teachers in Florida and Washington
October 24, 2021
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NCFL founder receives Dyer Pearl Literacy Award for exemplary work in family literacy
Sharon Darling honored for her outstanding contributions at summit headlined by First Lady
September 22, 2021
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Louisville-based national nonprofit names new leadership
Louisville Business First — The National Center for Families Learning has announced new leadership. Felicia Cumings Smith, Louisville native, long-time educator and education executive, will replace Sharon Darling as president […]
September 22, 2021
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Kentucky native and national family literacy pioneer Sharon Darling announces retirement from NCFL
Starting in a small Kentucky church basement in the 1970s helping adults learn to read, Sharon Darling went on to become the nation’s pioneer of family literacy — which brings […]
September 20, 2021
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Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith named president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
After a nationwide search, Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith will start as NCFL’s new president on September 27, 2021. A lifelong educator and national thought leader for teaching and learning, Dr. […]
August 9, 2021
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Sharon Darling to retire as President of the National Center for Families Learning
More than three decades after founding the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Sharon Darling will retire from her role as President at the end of this year.
July 28, 2021
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Expert ideas for creative reading spaces for kids
Encouraging children to foster a love of books and reading at an early age is an excellent way to set them up for their future.
July 12, 2021
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LaRue superintendent gets highest marks
In a monthly meeting of the LaRue County Schools Board of Education…
May 27, 2021
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Teaching Financial literacy to your kids as summer break approaches with earning potential options
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — The economic downfall caused by the pandemic has had an impact on all families — and for many revealed some financial vulnerability.
May 24, 2021
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Rep. Grijalva Introduces Education Bills to Fund More Inclusive Dual Language and Family Literacy Programs
WASHINGTON—Recently, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva introduced the SYLLABLE Act and FLUEnt Act, two education bills to fund more dual language programs in low-income school districts and programs…
May 8, 2021
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WKYT & Toyota teaming up to celebrate teachers
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – May is teacher appreciation month.
April 26, 2021
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National Center for Families Learning launches search for new President as Founder announces plans to retire
A national search launched today to select a new president for the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). The organization’s founder and current president, Sharon Darling, will retire later this […]
February 26, 2021
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Community effort in Muskegon County aims to tackle ‘illiteracy crisis’
MUSKEGON, MI – About 56% of adults in Muskegon County are below proficient with their reading ability, according to a national survey.
February 26, 2021
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MIAC to host virtual event with Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin
Actor, director, voice artist, and producer Sean Astin will join the director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture for a virtual event this March.
February 3, 2021
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Barbara Bush foundation, city of Houston team up to take on illiteracy
(HOUSTON) — Former first lady Barbara Bush’s foundation is partnering with the city of Houston to increase the city’s jaw-dropping adult literacy rates.
January 19, 2021
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Want a fun way to teach your kids about money? Try these games
Janel Meehan doesn’t want her children to grow up like she did, not knowing much about money.
January 11, 2021
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Food, Shelter, and the Public Library
If there is any American institution that connects the threads of literacy, learning, and community welfare, it is the local public library.
January 4, 2021
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Here’s why your vinaigrette keeps separating
Do you often find yourself humming the tune of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” while you are mixing your vinaigrette? Same.
December 30, 2020
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10 Tools With a Big Impact in 2020!
Every December, I think about the types of strategies and digital tools that I used during the year. There are always some that remain a constant choice in my classes…
December 21, 2020
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Atlanta Housing announces 2020 Season of Giving
Atlanta Housing’s 2020 Season of Giving is in full swing, with thousands of philanthropic dollars and gifts for Atlanta Housing residents.
December 7, 2020
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Little Free Library Received for National Family Literacy Month
In celebration of National Family Literacy Month in November, H&R Block of Dandridge did their part by kicking in and helping punch illiteracy out of Jefferson County
December 7, 2020
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Cómo aprender inglés con materiales gratuitos online del gobierno de EE.UU.
Es incuestionable que dominar el idioma inglés es importante para adaptarse a la vida en Estados Unidos, por eso lo debemos estudiar si queremos tener mejores oportunidades en el campo […]
November 20, 2020
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7 Learning Games That Will Change Your Way of Thinking
Too much learning without play can become boring, regardless of your age. No matter how old you are, playing never gets old.
November 19, 2020
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Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher hosts meet-and-greet to celebrate her debut children’s book
In honor of National Family Literacy Month, held each November, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) teacher Tracy Johns is releasing her first children’s book…
November 17, 2020
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November is Family Literacy Month
JOPLIN, Mo. — November is Family Literacy Month, a time to celebrate the bond formed by reading together.
November 16, 2020
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13 MVP: Traveling Toddler spreading reading around the world
November is National Family Literacy Month.
November 13, 2020
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Ingham Great Start Collaborative Providing Children’s Literacy Development Workshop
LANSING, Mich. — Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is providing virtual workshops for families of three-year-old children engaging them in literacy development.
November 11, 2020
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Pike County DAR donates books to LMS Library
National Family Literacy Day on Nov. 1. Established by the 103rd Congress in 1994, National Family Literacy Day emphasizes the importance of reading and learning for the entire family…
November 10, 2020
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National Family Literacy Month
In honor of National Family Literacy Month the East Branch Library has posted pages of the picture book Windows by Julia Denos along Broadway.
November 9, 2020
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Texas jeweler unveils literature-inspired necklace for a good cause
A family-owned fine jeweler is helping children create a library to call their own.
November 6, 2020
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A Vision Came True: Johnson, DeFillipo honored for Chelsea Reads program
Who better to tell the story about “Chelsea Reads” than the co-founder of the event herself, Margo Johnson?
November 4, 2020
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The Clocks Went Back One Hour, but Why Do We Change Time Twice a Year?
When the clocks go back an hour, and it gets dark at 5PM it can be kind of depressing, so why do we change our clocks?
November 4, 2020
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Mercade de Acampamentos de Verao Online para Testemunhar Crescimento Impressionante| ID Tech Camps, Camp Google, Camp Wonderopolis
O mais recente estudo de pesquisa sobre o mercado global de acampamentos de verão online publicado pela AMA, oferece uma visão geral detalhada dos fatores que influenciam o escopo global […]
November 4, 2020
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Edinburg library hosts virtual activities for family literacy month
November is National Family Literacy month and Edinburg’s Sekula Memorial Library is inviting the community to participate in its virtual activities.
November 4, 2020
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Houston jeweler unveils new necklace for a shimmering kids’ cause
A family-owned fine jeweler is helping underprivileged children create a library to call their own.
November 3, 2020
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Bestselling Author Andrew Avner Celebrates National Family Literacy Month With TORO’s a Book a Day Giveaway
November is National Family Literacy Month, and TORO author Andrew Avner is celebrating in a big way by inviting families everywhere to join him for the festivities.
November 2, 2020
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Ducey signs proclamation marking Nov. 1 as National Family Literacy Day
In 1994, the 103rd Congress passed joint resolution 413 designating Nov. 1 as National Family Literacy Day.
November 2, 2020
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November 2020 on KnowItAll.org!
In November, we feature content for National Career Development, Native American Heritage, and College Application Months. We also have assets for National Authors’ Day, National Family Literacy Day…
October 30, 2020
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Cincinnati Educator Named National Family Teacher Of The Year
Once a child raised in poverty in North Africa, Leila Kubesch arrived in America seeking solutions for families in need.
October 29, 2020
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Dubuque library honors National Family Literacy Month
In honor of National Family Literacy Month, Carnegie-Stout Public Library will be providing free story time kits to families with preschool-aged children and free chapter book kits…
October 29, 2020
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Book Giveaway at Elizabethport Community Center for Families
ELIZABETH, NJ — Families can pick out free books at the Elizabethport Community Center on November 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Elizabethport Community Center parking lot.
October 28, 2020
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Norwood teacher wins national teaching honor, $20,000 grant
NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) – A Norwood teacher was invited on a Zoom call for, what she thought, was going to be a discussion about student resources. Instead, Leila Kubesch learned […]
October 28, 2020
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National Family Literacy Month Carnegie-Stout
November is National Family Literacy Month. The Carnegie-Stout Public Library will celebrate by providing free story time kits to families with preschool-aged children and free chapter book kits…
October 26, 2020
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Cincinnati educator named national Family Teacher of the Year
Once a child raised in poverty in North Africa, Leila Kubesch arrived in America seeking solutions for families in need. She has fulfilled this mission and more, demonstrating an extraordinary […]
October 26, 2020
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St. Louis educator named national Family Teacher of the Year runner-up
As a certified adult educator, licensed clinical social worker, public policy advocate, and certified doula, Aminah Williams positively impacts families throughout the spectrum of life.
October 12, 2020
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20 underground wonders to explore
If you drive too quickly down Perkins Street in the sleepy town of Castine, Maine (population 1,012), , you might not even notice the Wilson Museum.
September 25, 2020
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U.S. Senate promotes family service initiative in wake of COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2020) – Innovative family-centric programming designed to enable communities to fight COVID-19 challenges has once again received support from the United States Senate.
September 18, 2020
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The real reason Trader Joe’s has so many pumpkin products this year
Pumpkin spice pretzels, white chocolate pumpkin seed pretzels, pumpkin spice-filled wafer cookies, pumpkin brioche, pumpkin curry simmer sauce, pumpkin samosas, pumpkin empanadas, turkey pumpkin mole burritos — Trader Joe’s, what in […]
September 17, 2020
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30 Interesting Information And Facts About Ants For Kids
Have you ever read or heard of the Aesop’s fable ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’? It is a short story in which ants are shown to be highly intelligent and […]
September 15, 2020
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USAID Leer, de UNIBE, recibe Premio de Alfabetización 2020 de la Biblioteca del Congreso de EEUU
EL NUEVO DIARIO. El Proyecto USAID Leer, implementado por la Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) con financiamiento de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID, por sus siglas […]
September 11, 2020
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Library of Congress Announces Winners of the 2020 Literacy Awards
Washington, D.C. — Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.
September 11, 2020
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Latest News: Library Announces Winners of 2020 Literacy Awards
Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.
September 11, 2020
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Latest News: Library Announces Winners of 2020 Literacy Awards
(AGENPARL) – gio 10 settembre 2020 Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden […]
September 10, 2020
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NCFL receives 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Award
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been awarded a 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Award for its responsiveness to the country’s unique needs in these unprecedented times.
August 31, 2020
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UT Extension shares advice, encouragement for parents homeschooling kids
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – School is back in session for many in the Tennessee Valley. But, the way we normally envision school is different this year.
August 24, 2020
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New grant aims to support increased Latinx parent participation in U.S. libraries
On July 23, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will receive a planning […]
August 24, 2020
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La nueva subvención tiene como objetivo apoyar una mayor participación de padres latinos en las bibliotecas de Estados Unidos
El 23 de julio, el Institute of Museum and Library Services (Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas) (IMLS) anunció que la Public Library Association (Asociación de Bibliotecas Públicas) (PLA) […]
August 11, 2020
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12 Great Online Classes Kids Can Take From Anywhere This (Strange) New School Year
Right now, parents are making some tough choices about how to educate their children. As we gear up to send kids back to school this fall, a lot of kids […]
August 4, 2020
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10,000 Miles Away: For Students in Springdale, Arkansas, Home to America’s Largest Population of Marshall Islanders, School Can Be Something of a Culture Shock
The incident occurred more than five years ago, but Benetick Kabua Maddison remembers it vividly. He was in middle school in Northwest Arkansas when he overheard a teacher berating a […]
August 3, 2020
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別人聽到自己的聲音比較高?聲音不同的原理
你喜歡自己的聲音嗎?事實上,我們聽自己的聲音會有兩種版本,一種是說話時聽到的自己的聲音,
July 28, 2020
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ALA summons support for Library Stabilization Fund Act Sen. Reed, Rep. Levin introduce bicameral legislation to support libraries
WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) praised today’s introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act, introduced in both chambers by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), […]
July 27, 2020
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Magic City Newsmakers: Neighborhood Housing Services, Cal-Maine Foods, Better Basics and more
Birmingham Museum of Art received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
July 23, 2020
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23 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic.
July 23, 2020
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Rep. Grijalva Introduces the FLUEnT Act
TUCSON— This week, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva introduced the Families Learning and Understanding English Together (FLUEnT) Act, a bill that aims to enhance family literacy services to households of English […]
July 23, 2020
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More children attending virtual camps this summer
NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) – The COVID-19 pandemic has many parents scrambling over summer break as several children’s camps have been cancelled.
July 23, 2020
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How to Manage a Summer without Camp
Missing out on summer camp is a tough blow for kids. It’s the place where they meet new friends, get some exercise, and make memories.
July 23, 2020
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Combating your child’s summer boredom
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — We’re more than half way through summer break, so it’s a not a surprise that many of our kids are officially bored.
July 23, 2020
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Start an Amazing Stay-At-Home Camp For Kids
Do you have kids, nieces or nephews? Do you take care of children? If you answered yes, you may agree that the decision to enroll kids in camp during school […]
July 23, 2020
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How to avoid the ‘summer slide’ during a pandemic
WACO, Texas — Students have been out of the classroom since March when the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down.
July 17, 2020
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More children attending virtual camps this summer
NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) – The COVID-19 pandemic has many parents scrambling over summer break as several children’s camps have been cancelled.
July 6, 2020
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ALA summons support for Library Stabilization Fund Act
WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) praised today’s introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act, introduced in both chambers by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), […]
July 6, 2020
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MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Levin, Sen. Reed Introduce Legislation to Provide Stabilization Funding to Libraries During COVID-19 Pandemic
Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to provide critical stabilization funding to libraries facing revenue losses from the […]
July 6, 2020
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Virtual Summer Camps Kids Will Love
For many parents, summer 2020 looks a lot different from summers’ past. Many states have flattened the curve and are beginning to re-open, while others have seen a spike and […]
July 1, 2020
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Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade Online
First graders are brimming with enthusiasm for learning, friendships, activities, and whatever the day might throw their way. They are good-natured, expressive, and tend to jump in with both feet.
June 29, 2020
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Great virtual summer camps for parents who need a very real break
After months of virtual school, the cancellation of summer camps has left many parents with no break from 24/7 childcare. Fortunately, online summer camps are here to offer some relief […]
June 26, 2020
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11 Online Kids’ Camps That Will Save You This Summer
Parents have long relied on summer camps to keep their kids stimulated and occupied while they’re out of school. But like everything else affected by this life-altering pandemic, in 2020 […]
June 24, 2020
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13 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic.
June 24, 2020
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13 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic.
June 22, 2020
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Your Guide to Teaching 2nd Grade Online
Second graders are eager to make sense of the bigger world while they also strive to make their own life as safe and orderly as possible. Have you ever noticed […]
June 22, 2020
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Free Camps to Fight Summer Boredom
After three months of laptop school, the kids are probably Zoom’d out, so parents aren’t wasting money on virtual camps this summer. Unless they’re totally unique. And free!
June 17, 2020
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18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again
Summer camp IRL is up in the air this year as some are opening up to smaller groups and others are just plain shutting down due to coronavirus, leaving many […]
June 16, 2020
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OnLine Summer Camp Ideas!
Summer is not going to be normal this year, but you can still make it fun for the kids!
June 16, 2020
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Here’s How To Occupy Your Kids With These Free Virtual Summer Camps
So lets be real, most summer camps just aren’t happening this year (thanks COVID19.) So as we have said goodbye to at home learning that helped parents and sitters out […]
June 15, 2020
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A high-quality free online summer camp, the children can also enrich the summer vacation at home!
This summer, face-to-face student group activities were restricted by the epidemic situation, and a number of (events) were…cancelled or restricted.
June 15, 2020
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Occupy Your Kids With These Free Virtual Summer Camps
For many kids, traditional summer camps just aren’t in the cards this year. And as we bid farewell to the at-home academic schedule we clung to all spring, our kids […]
June 15, 2020
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22 online camps approved by Common Sense Media
Summer 2020 won’t be the idyllic canoeing-on-the-lake camp you might have envisioned for your kid. But online summer camps for kids at home aren’t necessarily a sad stand-in for the […]
June 15, 2020
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22 online camps approved by Common Sense Media
Summer 2020 won’t be the idyllic canoeing-on-the-lake camp you might have envisioned for your kid. But online summer camps for kids at home aren’t necessarily a sad stand-in for the […]
June 11, 2020
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Changing the National Conversation About Poverty and Economic Mobility
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2020 – Twenty-eight organizations from 18 states and the District of Columbia will elevate diverse voices and broaden the national conversation about poverty and economic mobility […]
June 10, 2020
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NCFL selected by national grant competition to develop podcast series
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from more than 1,200 applicants as one of 28 grantees working to dispel […]
June 9, 2020
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45+ Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a serious wrench into most summer camp plans for kids. Thankfully, there are still options for kids and parents to keep busy and active while […]
June 9, 2020
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Column: Ohio should use CARES Act funding to expand high-impact family engagement, family literacy
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
June 9, 2020
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9 Virtual Summer Camps to Check Out for Kids of All Ages
The traditional summer camp is not going to be happening this year, but if you’re looking for ways to keep kids occupied, educated, and yes, even entertained over the summer, […]
June 8, 2020
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Family literacy classes offer more than English lessons during a pandemic
It seemed, at first, like an impossible task. When Lincoln Public Schools closed its doors in March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Monica Asher figured there was […]
June 8, 2020
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Summer Fun Coming Soon
It’s been a tradition in these pages to offer a list of summer opportunities for kids. This year’s classes and events are most often available in a virtual format.
June 8, 2020
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12 Free Virtual Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love
The COVID-19 crisis has caused most things to move online—work, school, grocery shopping, even birthday parties and playdates.
June 8, 2020
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A Guide to Virtual Summer Camps for Kids
Things are changing around the country, but one thing remains the same: summer is here, and kids still want to feel the magic of summer camp.
May 27, 2020
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30 Best Virtual Summer Camp Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained This Summer
With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents’ summer plans — which are often locked into place way back in January — have been thrown for a loop.
May 26, 2020
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5 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Kids Engaged
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, summer plans are more than likely on hold indefinitely. Yet, for families who rely on summer camps during their child’s time out o […]
May 22, 2020
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Social distance in the pool? Summer camps mull safe openings
South Florida’s day camps, lacking clear directions on when they can open just weeks before summer, are figuring out how they will socially distance thousands of kids bursting out of […]
May 22, 2020
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22 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep the Kids Entertained (and You Sane) This Summer
The coronavirus pandemic has already shuttered many beloved camps for the 2020 summer camp season. But that doesn’t mean your kid has to miss out on all the camp fun—or […]
May 21, 2020
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Social distance in the pool? Summer camps mull safe openings
South Florida’s day camps, lacking clear directions on when they can open just weeks before summer, are figuring out how they will socially distance thousands of kids bursting out of […]
May 20, 2020
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Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 19, 2020
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Summer camp cancelled due to coronavirus? Here’s what parents can do
Summer camps in a number of states have had to cancel their programming due to COVID-19 restrictions, which has left many parents asking: “What will our kids do this summer—and […]
May 18, 2020
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2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Nomination
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) thanks you for investing your time to nominate a great family educator for the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award.
May 18, 2020
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How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp
The summer of 2020 is approaching, and with it the waiting game on whether summer camps will open in your town. If you were expecting to send your kids off […]
May 18, 2020
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How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp
The summer of 2020 is approaching, and with it the waiting game on whether summer camps will open in your town. If you were expecting to send your kids off […]
May 14, 2020
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Sen. Markey Takes Lead on Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON DC – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash,), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)…
May 14, 2020
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Menendez, Booker Cosponsor Bill to Ensure All Students Have Internet Access during COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today joined a group of their colleagues in introducing legislation aimed to ensure all K-12 students have adequate home internet […]
May 14, 2020
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Duckworth, Durbin Join Markey and Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet during Coronavirus Pandemic
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA…
May 14, 2020
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Senator Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet during Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) helped introduce the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during […]
May 12, 2020
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40 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a serious wrench into most summer camp plans for kids. Thankfully, there are still options for kids and parents to keep busy and active while […]
May 12, 2020
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Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19
WASHINGTON — A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the […]
May 12, 2020
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How Serious Is America’s Literacy Problem?
The first step in solving a problem is seeing it clearly. This article, part one of an ongoing series, defines the broad scope and depth of the literacy crisis in […]
May 12, 2020
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Guest columnist: COVID-19 exposes lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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Guest column: Coronavirus exposes major education gap in Texas
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus pandemic.
May 12, 2020
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Another Viewpoint: Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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Guest opinion: Families need support as they assume larger role in learning – The Spokesman
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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Another Viewpoint: Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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Another Viewpoint: Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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Guest opinion: Families need support as they assume larger role in learning
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 12, 2020
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9 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic.
May 12, 2020
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7 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic.
May 12, 2020
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7 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged
Obviously, because of the latest COVID-19 outbreak, summer time plans are on maintain till additional discover. And for households who depend on camp in the course of the hotter months, […]
May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
May 1, 2020
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How to promote family engagement during distance learning
Distance learning imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic can be challenging, but it also can bring different opportunities for family engagement under Section 1116(a)(2)(C) of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Pub. […]
May 1, 2020
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Opinion: Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
April 29, 2020
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Coronavirus exposes major lack of support for parents in children’s education
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
April 29, 2020
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COVID-19 pandemic has exposed educational disparities among parents | Opinion
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
April 21, 2020
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6 Organizations Working To Improve Literacy In Children & Adults
From school assignments to work emails to street signs, the lives of people young and old are full of written language. Being able to read is an important skill for […]
April 20, 2020
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Dollar General Opens First Store in Washington State
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dollar General (NYSE: DG) today announced the recent opening of its first store in Washington state, increasing its national presence to 46 states.
April 20, 2020
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Opinion: Coronavirus shows need to help all families get resources to educate children
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
April 20, 2020
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How to talk to kids about COVID-19
SOUTHERN INDIANA — As the world learns to navigate life amid a pandemic, parents are facing the challenges of guiding their kids through the situation and helping them understand what’s […]
April 15, 2020
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National Center for Families Learning
National Center for Families Learning President and Founder Sharon Darling shares a few of NCFL’s many free online learning resources.
April 14, 2020
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Our Favorite Online Games That Are Fun and Educational Too
If kids are going to be on the screen playing games, why not make it educational? We’ve compiled this list of the nest online educational games for elementary kids as […]
April 7, 2020
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The best free resources to keep students engaged while stuck at home
As teachers, parents, and students of all ages adjust from having the structure of classrooms and schools to the world of distance learning at home, there is at least one […]
April 7, 2020
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Online learning resources for parents who are now homeschooling their kids
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — To prevent the spread of coronavirus, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced the closure of Arizona schools statewide.
April 7, 2020
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Local & National Online Learning Resources For Families
On March 16, renowned television writer, producer, and author Shonda Rhimes tweeted “Been homeschooling a 6- year-old and 8-year-old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a […]
April 7, 2020
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Structure, Self-Care Important For Parents And Kids During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging time for pretty much everyone, especially for families with children. Closures of schools and businesses due to the coronavirus have upended schedules, forced friends […]
April 7, 2020
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19 Free Homeschooling Resources & Tips To Help The Entire Family
More than 300 million students worldwide aren’t attending school right now thanks to the coronavirus, according to the Cato Institute. And while preventing the virus from spreading is important, parents […]
April 7, 2020
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Passing the Time Reading
While we are all trying to figure out how to embrace our time in isolation at home with our kids, here are some fun things to do together! Hope you […]
April 7, 2020
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100+ Educational Websites for Kids
Looking for educational websites to keep your children entertained online? Look no further!
April 7, 2020
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The time is now to put parents at the center of our education system
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak. We know that parents […]
April 7, 2020
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The time is now to put parents at the center of our education system
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak. We know that parents […]
March 23, 2020
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Distance learning for Eden Prairie Schools will begin Tuesday, April 7
Students in Eden Prairie Schools will not begin distance learning until after spring break. Schools in the district closed March 16, two days before an order from Gov. Tim Walz […]
March 23, 2020
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Schools around the world have suspended classes. With these 10 free educational resources, older children don’t have to worry about their studies
On the third day of school suspension, many American parents are going crazy … In the past few days, Mr. Xiao Yang received some messages from parents of students asking […]
March 23, 2020
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Santa Maria CHP rescue injured owl by highway
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — A California Highway Patrol officer rescued an injured owl by Highway 101 in Santa Maria on Thursday. CHP officers received a call on an injured owl […]
March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus Help: Free educational resources for kids stuck at home during COVID-19
Sunday, March 22, 2020 2:27PM NEW YORK (WABC) — Looking for ways to keep your kids busy while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out our list […]
March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus Help: Free educational resources for kids stuck at home during COVID-19
NEW YORK (WABC) — Looking for ways to keep your kids busy while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out our list of free educational resources and […]
March 23, 2020
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자녀와 함께하는 코로나19 시간 “독서·악기 배우기 등으로 시간 활용하세요
가주교육구 학력평가시험 연기 급격한 변화로 스트레스 높아져 숙면과 유연한 스케줄 허용해야 집안에만 있으면 고립감 생겨나 친구와 SNS로 사회성 키우도록
March 20, 2020
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Teachers Share Their Favorite Free Learning Websites And Apps For Kids
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, kids across the country are home from school. Some kids have schoolwork to complete, but there’s still a large chunk of the day that needs […]
March 19, 2020
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Here’s a list of educational sites to keep your children’s minds sharp
As families across the state adjust to homeschooling their children during the coronavirus pandemic, education professionals are releasing lists of websites that can help, and celebrities are engaging children online […]
March 19, 2020
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Tips and resources for helping children during the COVID-19 pandemic
I want to thank everyone for their support, patience and dedication in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Ionia Public Schools continues to work with local and State officials […]
March 19, 2020
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Resources to keep your kids entertained and learning while they’re stuck at home
Parents, it’s hard to keep kids busy and learning in times like this, but somehow, my mom figured it out a long time ago with her two rambunctious daughters. She […]
March 19, 2020
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Coronavirus and kids: At-home educational resources for kids
With most schools in Southern California shut down due to the coronavirus, here are some educational resources for keeping kids’ minds active and to help families get through the day.
March 19, 2020
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Homeschooling ‘virtually’ at forefront during coronavirus outbreak
Homeschooling suddenly carries more meaning and certainly more need than ever before.
March 18, 2020
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6 free online educational tools so kids can keep learning at home
MANILA — Because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of children are stuck at home, with their classes on hold. That doesn’t mean, however, that learning has to end. Keep your […]
March 18, 2020
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NCFL providing free online learning resources for kids during COVID-19 school closures
Millions of children across the country are home from school for several weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. It can be overwhelming for parents to continue and teachers. The National […]
March 18, 2020
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20 websites to help keep kids busy (and smart!)
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio-area school districts are closed this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has left a lot of parents and caregivers home with kids who […]
March 18, 2020
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Where to Find Online Classes for Kids Home From School
Maybe your kids or grandkids are already home from school due to coronavirus, or maybe your school’s closing is imminent. Some schools have already developed online learning plans while the […]
March 18, 2020
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125+ ideas for online learning and fun for kids of all ages
Help has arrived…. LOTS of parents are suddenly home with their kiddos… We have always homeschooled after I was a classroom teacher for more than a decade, so I say […]
March 10, 2020
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Wonderopolis® free online learning alternative for coronavirus closures
The COVID-19 virus has prompted increased safety measures across the country, including the closing of an increasing number of school districts. As of today, over 1,500 schools have closed or […]
March 5, 2020
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These schools are educating parents, as well as students
Inside a classroom at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, California, about 20 women are practicing spelling out loud in English.
February 4, 2020
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Read Muskegon Launches Countywide Literacy Collaborative
Muskegon County is clearly on the move, but over 20,000 adults in our community are at a virtual standstill because they cannot read well enough to fill out a job […]
January 28, 2020
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More Than Books: Encouraging Family Literacy in Weyburn
While literacy for the whole family certainly does include reading books, it’s also about understanding the world around you. January 27th is the day each year when the entire country […]
January 13, 2020
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Link Tank: Futuristic Prototypes from CES 2020
“CES is a time for the tech industry to dream big and set the stage for the future. Sometimes that future is only a few months away, while other times […]
December 23, 2019
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Walton Family Foundation Awards Fathers Incorporated With $60,000
ATLANTA: Fathers Incorporated, the leading national non-profit for the promotion of responsible fatherhood announced today that it has received a $60,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to further develop […]
November 26, 2019
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Blue Ridge is pilot site for rural family literacy services
The Family Resource Center offers a wide array of free services to Blue Ridge parents and is now functioning as a pilot site for the Arizona Statewide Family Engagement Center […]
November 12, 2019
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Family literacy: Making it work at Culler Middle School
Larysa Hlyniuk is not your typical middle school student. She is, in fact, a mom who left her home in Ukraine a year ago, landed in Lincoln and sent two […]
November 11, 2019
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National Family Literacy Month–It’s About Families Learning Together
One of my fondest memories growing up is listening to my mother read to me as we sat on our…
November 11, 2019
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Decatur group partner to provide free learning opportunities
DECATUR — Huddled around the open books, the women intently discussed detailed passages about the lives of sea turtles and the cave paintings of the Mayans. For three hours a […]
November 8, 2019
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New Learning Space to Highlight Free Laundry Day in Phoenix
On November 12, the LaundryCares Foundation will host a free laundry day event from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Local Laundry in Phoenix.
November 7, 2019
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National Family Literacy Day encourages families to read together
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — National Family Literacy Day is encouraging families to read together, November 1.
November 7, 2019
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Cornyn supports bill to create National Family Service Learning Week
Sen. John Cornyn is one of four U.S. congressmen to introduce a bill that would label the week of Nov. 3-9 as National Family Service Learning Week.
November 7, 2019
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The importance of National Family Literacy Month
One of the best things you can do for your children is to read with them. November is National Family Literacy Month.
November 4, 2019
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Congress Celebrates Two-Generation Service Initiative for Low-income Families
For the fourth year in a row, Congress is recognizing the success and impact of Family Service Learning. Led by Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Van Taylor (R-TX) and Senators […]
October 24, 2019
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15 Awesome Article Sites for Students
Current event and general interest articles are a wonderful resource for students. They can be used for researching a topic, staying informed on what’s happening in the news, pleasure reading, […]
October 11, 2019
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VIDEO: Toyota Teacher Of The Year Colleen Ryan
The featured video of the week for Hamilton County Schools is Colleen Ryan’s selection as the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Toyota’s partner the National Center For Families Learning […]
October 10, 2019
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Program lets Louisville immigrants learn life skills by serving others
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A special program at the Americana Community Center aims to help Louisville immigrants learn through serving others.
October 4, 2019
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PNC’s Sally McCrady is helping children ‘grow up great’
The brainstorming session was getting animated. Wacky ideas were flying at a hackathon hosted by the HeadStarter Network, a nonprofit spinoff of the National Head Start Association that focuses on […]
October 4, 2019
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Working Together Through Family Engagement Centers
To break the cycle of poverty, the National Center for Families Learning in collaboration with Read On Arizona, Arizona Department of Education, Southwest Human Development, Make Way for Books and […]
October 2, 2019
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2019 K-PREP scores are out. Here’s how JCPS parents can use the information
With the release of new test scores and a bulk of other education data, Kentucky parents have more information than ever about their children’s schools.
September 26, 2019
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Five cities will replicate Providence Talks, offering LENA programs for parents and teachers citywide
Five cities have been selected to replicate Providence Talks, one of the first early language initiatives implemented at the municipal level, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
September 25, 2019
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Louisville to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies on innovative early childhood learning initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropies, through its What Works Cities initiatives, has selected Louisville as one of five American cities to implement an innovative early childhood education program designed to empower parents and […]
September 25, 2019
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Lincoln Children’s Museum hosts LPS Family Literacy Night
For the second year, Lincoln Children’s Museum teamed up with LPS Family Literacy. It’s a program for immigrant and refugee families with elementary aged children in LPS Title One schools.
September 25, 2019
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Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Replication of Mayors Challenge-Winning Early Childhood Learning Innovation in Five U.S. Cities
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the five American cities that will replicate Providence Talks, an early childhood education program that empowers parents and caregivers with tools to support language development at […]
September 24, 2019
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San Antonio educator named national Family Teacher of the Year runner-up
It’s no secret why parents want their child in Andrea Greimel’s dual language, prekindergarten class at Carvajal Early Childhood Education Center: she shares her love of learning and family literacy, […]
September 24, 2019
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Chattanooga educator named national Family Teacher of the Year
When it comes to student growth and success, Colleen Ryan and her mobile classroom are where the rubber meets the road. Recognizing her students at Rivermont Elementary – a Title […]
September 24, 2019
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Toyota Teacher of the Year
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A Rivermont Elementary school teacher is being nationally recognized. Colleen Ryan was named Toyota’s National Teacher of the Year, and received a $20-thousand dollar grant.
September 23, 2019
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Hamilton County Kindergarten Teacher Colleen Ryan Named Toyota’s National Family Teacher Of The Year
Toyota representatives visited Rivermont Elementary Friday morning with a special surprise at a school assembly naming Colleen Ryan their national Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.
September 23, 2019
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Rivermont teacher wins $20K Toyota Family Teacher of the Year
Colleen Ryan said she didn’t see it coming when Toyota representatives visited her school with a big surprise for her. She thought the unfamiliar people and TV cameras were on […]
September 23, 2019
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Colleen Ryan Wins Toyota Teacher of the Year Award
Toyota found their family teacher of the year here in Chattanooga on Friday. They surprised kindergarten teacher Colleen Ryan with a $20,000 check and the award at a school assembly.
September 23, 2019
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Class notes: Toyota honors Rivermont teacher, awards her $20K, and more education news
Rivermont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Colleen Ryan was surprised by Toyota representatives Friday when they named her Toyota Family Teacher of the Year and awarded her $20,000.
September 12, 2019
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Many Parents Feel Their Kids Get Too Much Homework & It’s Getting Harder, New Study Finds
I’m not sure how I felt about doing homework with my kids. I guess it all depended on the circumstances for both me and my four sons. Did I work […]
September 11, 2019
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What to know about Flipgrid
FlipGrid is an education app that allows teachers to bring tech into the classroom. Teachers can upload discussion questions to the platform and students can answer using a video response.
September 11, 2019
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A family-centric approach to education through Statewide Family Engagement Centers
To break the cycle of poverty in Arizona, the National Center for Families Learning in collaboration with Read On Arizona, Arizona Department of Education, Southwest Human Development, Make Way for […]
September 6, 2019
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Wonderopolis® becomes first nonprofit to feature Microsoft Immersive Reader
Wonderopolis®, an award-winning website that cultivates student curiosity, has partnered with Microsoft to add a powerful new tool in conjunction with the start of a new school year.
September 5, 2019
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What’s New in EDU – ISTE Edition: Announcing new technology to empower inclusive, student-centered learning
In today’s classrooms, diversity is the new norm. By creating student-centered, inclusive learning environments, educators have the flexibility and opportunity to meet the needs of the diverse group of learners […]
September 5, 2019
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Immersive Reader comes to the non-profit Wonderopolis, where the wonder of learning never ceases
Today we are excited to announce that the Immersive Reader is launching on Wonderopolis! Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners […]
August 30, 2019
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Third Annual Yoga Under the Stars to be held in Contemplative Garden
BEAUFORT, S.C. – Aug. 29, 2019 – PRLog — In observance of National Family Literacy Month and as part of First Friday After Five, Born To Read Inc. is pleased […]
August 19, 2019
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Damp Start Sunday, Then Clearing
“Have You Ever Wondered… When are the dog days of summer? What is the “Dog Star”? Why are the dog days of summer so hot? Many people believe the phrase […]
August 16, 2019
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Mary Kay Ash Shares Timeless Leadership Principles in 35th Anniversary of Bestselling “Mary Kay on People Management”
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 15, 2019– Thirty-five years ago, in 1984, Mary Kay Ash had already established a 20-year track record of running a successful cosmetic business her way. As a guide […]
August 13, 2019
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Unidos sí, pero sin partidismo
Se describen a sí mismos como una voz confiable y no partisana. Su nuevo nombre es Unidos US, aunque antiguamente se le conocía como Southwest Council of La Raza (SWCLR, […]
August 9, 2019
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Louisville parents: Tips to help your kid start school ready to learn and finish strong
As a Jefferson County Public Schools family engagement specialist, I always begin the school year by recommending that school teachers and administrators ask families what their hopes and dreams are […]
August 2, 2019
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Tools of Collaboration: Empowering Children to Become Active Participants in Their World
Author Janet Robertson said, “Engaging with children in troublesome thinking is problematic, but important. Ignoring the hard stuff and only engaging in the fluff and fun from curriculum choices is […]
July 23, 2019
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8 Shark Facts to Know Ahead of Shark Week
Shark Week is about to kick off on the Discovery Channel, bringing everyone’s favorite oceanic predator back on the small screen. While sharks look menacing, they are beautiful creatures often […]
July 11, 2019
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Why no seat belts on buses? Do grocery stores get inspected like restaurants?
Only eight states actually have laws mandating that school buses have seat belts: New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nevada and Texas.
July 1, 2019
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Teachers Flip Over Flipgrid
Flipgrid (@Flipgrid) enables learners to respond to prompts with short videos–most are about a minute, but they can be a long as five minutes. The video platform has become a […]
June 25, 2019
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Microsoft’s Flipgrid rolls out automatic transcription, AR tools, and Code.org content
It’s been roughly a year since Microsoft acquired Flipgrid (formerly Vikdu), an education-focused platform aimed at students and teachers, and the latter’s dev team evidently hasn’t lightened its workload since. […]
June 24, 2019
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15 online camps to entertain and educate kids all summer long
If managing your kids’ summer schedules is running you ragged, you may want to consider the online option. Apps, websites, and even full-fledged virtual camps offer a wide range of […]
June 20, 2019
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PSJA ISD Parental Engagement Program awarded Spring Innovation grant from National Literacy Directory
PHARR — The Phar-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) Parental Engagement Department was recently awarded a $1,000 Spring Innovation Grant from the National Literacy Directory to promote literacy among parents.
June 18, 2019
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ETATS-UNIS : 1 MILLION DE LIVRES GRATUITS POUR LA NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION
La National Book Foundation a annoncé, le 21 mai dernier, qu’elle aura dépassé le million de livres distribués dans le cadre de son programme « Book Rich Environments » (« […]
June 18, 2019
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NBF’s Book Rich Environments Program Returns
Launched in January of 2017, the National Book Foundation’s Book Rich Environments initiative provides resources that reinforce local efforts to combat lack of literary access, often termed “book deserts.” The […]
June 17, 2019
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15 online camps to entertain and educate kids all summer long
June 14– If managing your kids’ summer schedules is running you ragged, you may want to consider the online option. Apps, websites, and even full-fledged virtual camps offer a wide […]
June 17, 2019
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AMPED tech training provides skills, job prospects (and hope)
Shaina Davis, 27, worked the night shift at a fast food restaurant when a friend persuaded her to enroll in a tech training program at the local nonprofit AMPED. She […]
June 10, 2019
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Librarians Offer Tips On How Kids Can Keep Up With Reading This Summer
When school lets out, students can fall into the summer reading gap trap, where they enter school again in September with deteriorated reading skills.
June 10, 2019
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FACE Program Graduates GED Class and New ‘Giving Shed’ Opens in Blackwater
The Blackwater Community School’s Family and Child Education (FACE) program has been continuing to work on projects as part of a grant they’ve received.
June 7, 2019
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Teaching Innovation in the Vision of New Technology: From Interesting Learning to Robot Companion Learning – UK Open University “Innovative Teaching Report”
The gradual application of AI technology and 5G communication technology provides more possibilities for education. With the deep integration of information technology and education, the voice of education reform and […]
May 31, 2019
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Toyota and National Center for Families Learning Strive to Make Big Impact on Dallas’ Underserved Parents and Kids
For 30 years, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been working to break generational poverty by bringing parents together with their children to learn. Over this period, NCFL […]
May 31, 2019
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Summer is a Great Time for Teaching Kids About Money
Take advantage of summer vacation to instill some important financial literacy skills in your children. Teaching kids about money from the earliest age possible will help them build a bright […]
May 29, 2019
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From all angles: holistic approach employs family literacy to break cycle of poverty in Dallas
For Erica Blanco, taking time out of her busy life for Toyota Family Learning classes is an investment in herself and her four children. The single mom from South Dallas […]
May 28, 2019
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National Effort to Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments Reaches One Million Books
WASHINGTON – In just its third year, a national campaign to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading has distributed one million books to children living in public housing. […]
May 28, 2019
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Pineville Public Library Receives Let’s Learn Together Outside Grant
The Pineville-Bell County Public Library received the grant, Let’s Learn Together Outside, which promotes family literacy and learning through playing together outside. This grant is awarded through the National Center […]
May 28, 2019
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US National Book Foundation Program To Distribute 1-Millionth Book
In its third year of operation, the “Book Rich Environments” program of the United States’ National Book Foundation has announced today (May 21) that it anticipates having provided more than […]
May 28, 2019
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Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List No. 2
When you are missing something that everyone else seems to have, like a high school diploma, the hole in your resume can cause shame and embarrassment, but there are lots […]
May 24, 2019
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From All Angles: Holistic Approach Employs Family Literacy to Break Cycle of Poverty in Dallas
DALLAS (May 23, 2019) – For Erica Blanco, taking time out of her busy life for Toyota Family Learning classes is an investment in herself and her four children. The […]
May 16, 2019
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WAVE Country with Dawne Gee for Tuesday, May 14, 2019
…Family Fun Fest, presented by Say & Play with Words Louisville and hosted by National Center for Families Learning, will be held Saturday, May 18 from 11am to 3pm.
May 10, 2019
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JCPS, NCFL partner to host Community Jamborees across Jefferson County
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Jefferson County Public Schools and the National Center for Families Learning are hosting a series of Community Jamobree events across Jefferson County. The goal is to […]
May 3, 2019
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Company Kudos, May 2019
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been recognized with an achievement award for the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project by the Environmental Business Journal. The project, which […]
April 19, 2019
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Louisville nonprofits to get $3M grant from JPMorgan for high-tech skills training
Louisville nonprofits will receive $3 million over three years from JPMorgan Chase to help low-income residents, primarily to gain skills for IT jobs.
April 19, 2019
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Up top, soda pop – It’s National High Five Day!
(WTNH) – Give out all the high fives you’ve got in you on April 18th because it’s National High Five Day! According to the wonderopolis.org, the “high five” has two […]
April 19, 2019
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Who invented the high-five?
This week is Holy Week for Christians, including Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday before celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 21. But mark your calendar for some lesser-known of […]
April 18, 2019
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Toyota’s support of family literacy in America reaches $50 million
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles of poverty through family literacy in […]
April 18, 2019
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Did you know the celebratory hand slap has its own observance?
There were certainly a lot of high fives exchanged at Nationwide Arena last night as the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first-ever second-round berth in the NHL playoffs. Ever feel […]
April 18, 2019
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Here’s How the Months of the Year Got Their Names
Fun fact: January has not always been first on our calendars. For ancient Romans, the year began in March and finished ten months later in December, according to Wonderopolis.org, an […]
April 1, 2019
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Prichard Committee ‘Groundswell Initiative’ to engage families, communities in public schools
A statewide campaign to engage families and communities in effective and sustainable efforts to improve schools and student achievement is being launched by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
March 29, 2019
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Building Groundswell of Support for Education by Engaging Parents, Communities Focus of New Campaign
CARROLLTON, Ky. – A statewide campaign to engage families and communities in effective and sustainable efforts to improve schools and student achievement was launched Friday (March 29, 2019) by the […]
March 19, 2019
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Toyota’s support of family literacy in America reaches $50 million
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles […]
March 19, 2019
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Toyota’s U.S. investment increase to bring 450 new jobs to Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE — Toyota officials announced today that they are committing to increase their investment to $13 billion over the next five years—a move that will allow for an increase in […]
March 19, 2019
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Toyota Motor: support of family literacy in America reaches $50 million; New $1 million donation to NCFL focuses on literacy in Washington D.C.-area and northern Alabama
WASHINGTON – To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles of poverty through family […]
March 19, 2019
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Top Headlines: Toyota donates to family literacy, Tuskegee’s new president
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles of poverty through family literacy in […]
March 19, 2019
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Toyota donates $1 million to combat poverty in north Alabama, D.C.
The $1.6 billion Mazda-Toyota plant is bringing much more than just 4,000 jobs to the Huntsville area. As exemplified by Toyota’s announcement Wednesday, the companies plan to be active and […]
March 19, 2019
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Toyota investing $750M at 5 U.S. plants, including Kentucky, creating 600 jobs
Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will invest $749 million in five us plants and add 586 jobs as it boosts engine production capacity and adds new hybrid models […]
March 19, 2019
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FACE program working on important projects as part of new grant
Blackwater Community School FACE Program (Family and Child Education) students and parents have been cleaning up the yards of the elderly complex. A project that they’ve titled as the “elderly […]
March 18, 2019
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Toyota donates $1 million to fight poverty in Alabama, D.C.
In an effort to help stop poverty, Toyota on Wednesday announced a $1 million donation to a national organization. The proceeds will be earmarked to benefit north Alabama and Washington […]
March 18, 2019
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Toyota’s Support of Family Literacy in America Reaches $50 Million
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles of poverty through family literacy in […]
March 13, 2019
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Toyota’s support of family literacy in America reaches $50 million
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Toyota is donating $1 million to help break generational cycles of poverty through family literacy in […]
March 4, 2019
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It’s Read Across America Day — Here’s what our kids must know as literacy grows more complex
What is literacy? We previously would have defined literacy using terms like reading, writing, speaking and listening and referenced the use of paper, pencils, books and telephones to communicate and […]
January 22, 2019
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Nebraska received funding to improve family engagement for student success
The Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and Unite for Literacy, will receive a five-year, $4.6 million […]
January 18, 2019
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Nebraska schools receive $4.6M for Family Engagement Centers
The Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and Unite for Literacy, will receive the five-year, $4.6 million […]
January 18, 2019
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Nebraska receives funding to improve family engagement for student success
The Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, and Unite for Literacy, will receive a five-year, $4.6 million […]
December 10, 2018
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These Three Women Are Changing The Way We Think About Education
NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling is honored for building a comprehensive parent/child literacy and life­-skills program that has touched the lives of millions of families over hundreds of communities […]
November 20, 2018
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The National Center for Families Learning Applauds Congressional Resolution
Two-generation Family Service Learning model is highlighted for its results.
November 1, 2018
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Say & Play With Words-Louisville
NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling talks about the Say & Play With Words vocabulary initiative on WHAS11 (ABC).
October 9, 2018
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New statewide centers to focus on student achievement gap
NCFL to lead creation of centers in Nebraska and Arizona.
April 18, 2018
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National Center for Families Learning honors the memory of Barbara Bush
NCFL President and Founder, Sharon Darling honors her friend and mentor in family literacy.
April 12, 2018
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National Book Foundation
The Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative, now in its second year, aims to combat lack of literary access, often termed “book deserts,” by connecting communities with resources that help foster […]
March 11, 2018
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The Arizona Republic
As Arizona awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
March 11, 2018
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The Daily Journal
Collin Billingsley started out in the community mental health field to help make a difference in the lives and minds of people. He worked as a licensed professional counselor in […]
March 5, 2018
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Medium
Snuggling up with a toddler and a good book is far more than something that will create a happy memory; it’s something that can set up your child for success […]
February 23, 2018
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Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, OH)
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 23, 2018
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Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, OH)
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 21, 2018
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Clarion News (Indiana)
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we […]
February 19, 2018
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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
As Louisiana considers seeking approval to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for benefits, we must ensure the program is a win-win for participants and their communities. The […]
February 19, 2018
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Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)
As South Carolina considers requiring able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for benefits, we must ensure the program is a win-win for participants and their communities. To do that, […]
February 18, 2018
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IndyStar (Indianapolis, IN)
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we […]
February 18, 2018
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USA Breaking News
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we […]
February 17, 2018
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Houma Today (Houma, LA)
As Louisiana considers seeking approval to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful as […]
February 17, 2018
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Chipley Paper (Chipley, FL)
The Pelican State needs substantive programming around the proposed requirement for able-bodied people to either work or perform community service. If done correctly, doors could be opened and we could […]
February 17, 2018
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Daily Comet (Thibodaux/Lafourche Parish, LA)
As Louisiana considers seeking approval to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful as […]
February 16, 2018
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The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS)
As Mississippi awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, it sits poised to be an example in […]
February 15, 2018
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Herald Bulletin (Anderson, IN)
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer to receive benefits, we must ensure […]
February 15, 2018
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Sampson Independent (Clinton, NC)
As North Carolina awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as […]
February 15, 2018
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Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, LA)
As Louisiana considers requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is a win-win for participants and their […]
February 14, 2018
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PharmacyChoice
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 14, 2018
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Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, OH)
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 14, 2018
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Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH)
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 14, 2018
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The Logan Daily News (Logan, OH)
As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful […]
February 13, 2018
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Pharos – Tribune (Logansport, IN)
As Indiana stands to become one of the first states in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we […]
February 11, 2018
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Wave 3 News (Louisville)
Inside the basement of the Americana Community Center, a group of immigrant women are concentrated on their craft. The weekly meetings of the Fiberworks Project at the Americana Center have […]
January 26, 2018
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Lexington Herald Leader
As Kentucky stands to become the first state in the nation to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure […]
December 30, 2017
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Today’s Woman
“What began as my volunteering as a reading tutor, grew into what is today, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Since 1989, millions of lives, both children and adults, […]
November 27, 2017
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Louisville Insider
A locally based national nonprofit, which recently received the American Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2017, has been selected for a long-term research project to help at-risk […]
November 26, 2017
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SunHerald
A unique multi-generation learning program aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families is spreading across Mississippi and should reach all 82 counties by January. The goal: to elevate families […]
October 27, 2017
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The Herald Sun
As a teacher, Mary Andrews knew she had to get her students’ families involved when it comes to literacy. With the help of a grant, she launched the nonprofit Family […]
September 26, 2017
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Senator Rand Paul joins conversation about two-generation learning
Two-generation family literacy programming lifts parents and children to find greater success academically and economically. That’s the message Sen. Rand Paul heard from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) […]
September 25, 2017
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WDRB 41 Louisville
Kentucky’s U. S. Senator Rand Paul is still opposed to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions. His opposition means fading hope by the GOP […]
September 25, 2017
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The Courier-Journal (Louisville)
Close, but no cigar. Despite recent changes to the Graham-Cassidy bill — a GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — Sen. Rand Paul said he is […]
September 19, 2017
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Congressional Resolution recognizes Family Service Learning benefits
On Tuesday, Members of Congress, led by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Congressmen John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced a resolution acknowledging the broad […]
September 19, 2017
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4-Traders
Mary Andrews isn’t sitting still in retirement. On the contrary, she’s building on her 40-year teaching career by expanding family literacy programs throughout the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, community to […]
September 18, 2017
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National Center for Families Learning awarded Library of Congress American Prize for Literacy
“It is an honor for the National Center for Families Learning to be recognized by the Library of Congress among many outstanding organizations,” Darling said. “Every day across the country […]
September 11, 2017
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New York Parenting
Homework strikes fear in the hearts of many parents. You may not remember facts you learned in school, like the significant battles of the Civil War or the difference between […]
September 5, 2017
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Fine Books & Collections
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala. Three organizations received awards from […]
August 29, 2017
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WRAL.com
Now that school is back in session, so are the nightly struggles with homework. Some students simply don’t understand the material. In other cases, they wonder how they’ll ever write […]
July 6, 2017
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Stopping summer learning loss: Free, online camp engages children, parents in wonders of the world
Parents and children now have a new, free way to explore the wonders of the world while piquing children’s curiosities and stemming summer learning loss – Camp Wonderopolis. The National […]
July 6, 2017
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Movers & Makers
Beech Acres Parenting Center honored 43 Cincinnati families graduating from the center’s Toyota Family Learning program. The three-year program encourages parents and children to learn side-by-side, outside the traditional classroom. […]
June 14, 2017
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WDRB 41 Louisville
Every summer, kids are at risk for losing some of what they learned during the school year. It’s called Summer Learning Loss. But there’s a free, online program that helps […]
June 13, 2017
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WTVQ-TV (ABC, Lexington)
Eric Burke and John Macleod talked about combating summer learning loss and how it has gotten a bit easier because of free online summer programs at Camp Wonderopolis.
June 5, 2017
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Wave 3 Louisville
The Academy of Music Production Education and Development is teaming with the the National Center for Families Learning to offer classes in technical skills, including computer networking, repair and web […]
May 23, 2017
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NCFL Family Learning expands to seven Louisville sites
Deraldo Hall didn’t have much support growing up, but he’s working hard to make sure that’s not the case for his five children. Hall, his wife, and kids – four […]
May 23, 2017
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WDRB 41 Louisville
Louisville city leaders announced an expansion of the National Center for Families Learning program Tuesday that could help reduce violence and poverty. The goal is to teach adults and children […]
May 23, 2017
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WLKY Louisville
A unique learning program is expanding to five new sites throughout west and south Louisville. The National Center for Families Learning aims to engage parents, educate families, and reduce violence. […]
May 23, 2017
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Louisville Business First
The National Center for Families Learning has announced a $1.5 million expansion of its free family literacy and job skills program in Louisville. The program allows families to learn together […]
May 23, 2017
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WHAS 11 Louisville
The goal of a new program at the National Center for Families Learning is to eliminate poverty through education and literacy. The program is expanding to new sites in west […]
May 23, 2017
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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Parents and their children were smiling, faces smudged with paint, as they concentrated on the T-shirts in front of them. On one shirt, a red arrow pointed downward with the […]
May 17, 2017
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The Gleaner
Half of Kentucky’s children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to state data. And, when you look at Kentucky’s graduating class of 2016, only one-third of high school seniors reached […]
May 5, 2017
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Toyota expands National Family Learning program to Tupelo
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), in partnership with Toyota and the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi, today unveiled a unique family learning program. This innovative, two-generation model […]
May 5, 2017
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The power of reading: Richmond families celebrate National Reading Month
Books can transport children to new places, sparking their imagination and increasing their understanding of the world. The power of reading was celebrated Thursday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool […]
May 1, 2017
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The Daily Journal
From high school seniors showcasing community service projects to a unique partnership aimed at helping residents get engaged with their community, there was plenty of good news to share last […]
April 26, 2017
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Daily Journal
Kimberly Ledbetter is a 32-year-old single mother who joined the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi last November. Since then, she has seen the impact the organization has been able […]
April 21, 2017
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The Winchester Star
Growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a small Mexican town, Alejandra wanted a better life. Her only hope, she thought, was to move to America with her new […]
April 16, 2017
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Daily Journal
The Toyota impact continues in Northeast Mississippi. Last week the automotive giant announced plans to build an immersive visitor and training center to showcase the story of the world’s best-selling […]
April 16, 2017
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The Commercial Appeal
Toyota Motor Corp. is making a major financial investment in its Blue Springs, Mississippi, manufacturing facility with the announcement of a $10 million visitor and interactive training center as well […]
April 13, 2017
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WTVA/WLOV (Tupelo/Columbus/West Point)
Toyota Mississippi celebrated its 10th anniversary with an announcement to build a visitor and interactive training center. Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said the new center will be 15,000 […]
April 13, 2017
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WCBI-TV (CBS, Columbus, Miss.)
There was a stage full of dignitaries for the celebration, but Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the real credit goes to team members who make Toyota Corollas everyday at the […]
February 8, 2017
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Penn State News
A new policy brief out of Penn State’s Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy has identified a critical need for family literacy programs across the United States and calls […]
December 19, 2016
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Herald-Whig
Winter Storm Decima created a snowy, icy mess for many drivers this weekend in Northeast Missouri and West-Central Illinois. Crews in both states worked overtime to clear roads for travelers. […]
December 15, 2016
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The Detroit News
“Beyond English, I learned how to help my sons with their education, gained job skills and put them all together to create a better life for us,” she said. Today, […]
December 6, 2016
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Cincinnati Enquirer
It wasn’t until Lupe came upon a two-generation family learning program free to participants at her son’s school that her life began to change. “Beyond English, I learned how to […]
November 28, 2016
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Bustle
By now you’ve rocked Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday — in order to complete the post-Thanksgiving spending-palooza, you’ve got one day left: Giving Tuesday. And there’s no […]
November 25, 2016
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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Lupe Maldonado, her husband and son came to this country with nothing more than a dream. Living in a garage, no bathroom, no running water, sleeping on a mattress on […]
November 9, 2016
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Michigan Chronicle
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. Jim Lentz, chief executive officer, Toyota Motor North America, will be in Detroit to observe, firsthand, students and their parents at Harms Elementary […]
November 9, 2016
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The Santa Clara Weekly
One award ceremony took place during a pre-game at the Levi’s Stadium and the other occurred over 2,000 miles away from Santa Clara in Detroit, Michigan. Both awards ceremonies recognized […]
November 8, 2016
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Half Moon Bay Review
The Families in Action group is currently conducting a food, clothing and toiletry drive to benefit the local homeless population. All goods collected will be distributed at 10 a.m. Saturday, […]
October 24, 2016
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Detroit Free Press
It’s estimated that by age 3, children from low-income families are hearing 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families. And that puts some children at an academic disadvantage […]
October 18, 2016
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Detroit Free Press
Toyota isn’t just relocating its North American headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to Plano, Texas — it’s fundamentally changing the way it operates its businesses in North America. “Most everyone, when […]
October 15, 2016
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The Mercury News
Ellin Klor, a teacher with the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends, has been named runner-up in the 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year competition. The recognition, by […]
October 13, 2016
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Boston-area educator wins national Family Teacher of the Year award
Jean Ciborowski Fahey , a Weymouth, Mass., community educator, was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year today by NCFL and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents of […]
October 13, 2016
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Weymouth News
Years of testing children for reading difficulties at Boston Children’s Hospital got Jean Ciborowski Fahey interested in a new approach: instead of fixing literacy problems, why not prevent them? That […]
October 13, 2016
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Toyota USA Newsroom
When Jean Ciborowski Fahey of Weymouth, Mass., joins a circle of moms and newborns, she condenses decades of knowledge about brain development into a 20-minute message that’s straightforward and provides […]
September 19, 2016
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United States Senators Cornyn and Booker Introduce Family Service Learning Resolution
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of […]
September 19, 2016
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United States Senate
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of […]
September 13, 2016
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National Center for Families Learning Applauds Congressional Resolution on Family Service Learning
This week Members of Congress, led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) in […]
September 13, 2016
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National Center for Families Learning
This week Members of Congress, led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) in […]
August 2, 2016
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The Monitor
“It’s easy for parents to feel like there isn’t enough time to add more activities to an already packed schedule. But, there are many easy ways you can set the […]
July 18, 2016
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Huffington Post Blog
#GEDGradDay, held June 15, was a hit on social media. This initiative encouraged grads to post videos and pictures showing their stories and experiences with the GED test and how […]
July 6, 2016
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Philanthropy News Digest
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to expand opportunities for and improve quality of life for boys […]
June 27, 2016
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WDRB 41 Louisville
This year’s theme is “Flex Your Wonder,” featuring fun lessons about fitness and health. Camp offers 42 exciting units of STEM-based Wonders covering six topics ranging from health to sports […]
June 15, 2016
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Huffington Post Blog
Recently we started a pilot project to further enhance our ability to share these graduates stories in compelling ways online. Tactics include using colorful graphics, exciting gifs and fun videos. […]
May 27, 2016
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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
This year, Louisville has even more to celebrate. A group of parents and children are finishing their first year in a national two-generation learning initiative that is changing lives.
May 24, 2016
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Huffington Post
OK, don’t laugh. Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. And before you say, “Over my […]
May 15, 2016
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Middle Web
Teachers have labored to enliven summer reading for decades. In a 1997 NCTE journal article, Florida middle school ELA teacher Gloria Pipkin, who later wrote books for Heinemann and edited […]
May 12, 2016
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Wave 3 Louisville
Parents got a chance to get involved in their child’s education Thursday evening. From learning the alphabet, to counting with fish and car-seat safety around 125 families participated in Family […]
May 6, 2016
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Sun Sentinel
The free program incorporates technology with innovative and traditional teaching methods. Components involve family-to-family mentoring, the trademarked Parent and Child Together Time curriculum and the NCFL’s unique approach.
May 2, 2016
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Toyota, NCFL expand national learning program to five new cities
Grants boost literacy and work skills, strengthen families, improve communities. Sara Aguirre joined Toyota Family Learning in Louisville with the hope that it will start her on a path to […]
April 16, 2016
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Plano Profile
Sounds of hammering and electric drills, alongside cheers of “we did it!” echoed outside of Harrington Library last month as Plano Family Literacy School conducted a service learning project in […]
April 7, 2016
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WHNT 19 Huntsville
The Village of Promise in Huntsville is offering a new program. The Toyota Family Learning program is made possible by a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center […]
March 31, 2016
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American Towns
Nearly 100 parents and children are enrolled in Toyota Family Learning at three BCPS sites. The program empowers parents and caregivers, as well as their children, to become engaged in […]
March 30, 2016
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Broward County Public School System
Video footage of the official news conference of the unveiling of Toyota Family Learning Prorgram
March 23, 2016
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WDRB 41 Louisville
Toyota is helping to drive a program to benefit dozens of Louisville families. A $175,000 grant from the automaker will help 45 families enroll in a new kind of mentoring […]
March 22, 2016
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NCFL launches Wonder Ground™ to support millions using Wonderopolis.org
New educator community to inspire inquiry-based approach to education, led by innovative ambassadors
March 11, 2016
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Las Vegas Now
A new family learning program is underway in Las Vegas thanks to Toyota. The automotive company has committed $10 million nationwide over the next six years to make the program […]
March 1, 2016
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The News Wheel
This particular program, Toyota Family Learning, specifically targets ethnically diverse families and families with low income. The goal is to help parents and caregivers become more engaged in their children’s […]
February 26, 2016
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The Dallas Morning News
Toyota donated $175,000 to the National Center for Families Learning on Thursday to try to help resolve educational challenges facing low-income families. The Plano school district is working with the […]
February 9, 2016
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NCFL Announces Family Engagement Initiative for Head Start
The two-generation project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will put the family at the forefront of learning using NCFL’s latest family literacy model—including its Family Service Learning approach— in […]
December 9, 2015
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Providence Journal
Providence families joined together to learn about nutrition and collect food for refuge families. The Nov. 12 event, a celebration of National Family Literacy Month, was attended by families participating […]
December 8, 2015
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NCFL Applauds Congressional Passage of ESSA
Two-generation family literacy, family engagement are priorities in bi-partisan effort
November 30, 2015
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The Tennessean
2014 Toyota USA Family Teacher of the Year Liz Atack encourages her community to work together to improve children’s literacy and asks “every parent and caregiver to read, write, sing, […]
November 24, 2015
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Toyota News
The research is clear – a strong support system helps children excel in the classroom and beyond. This month the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and 10 Toyota Family […]
November 15, 2015
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The Nerdy Book Club
“The House That Reading Built” by Donalyn Miller
November 3, 2015
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WOMMY Awards (Toyota Family Trails)
Earlier this month, we announced our WOMMY Award winners at a swanky evening event at LIV Nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida. This week I had the honor of presenting all […]
November 2, 2015
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Education World
Family Literacy Initiatives Focus on Creating Strong Support System for Children Learning to Read
October 22, 2015
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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky)
Wonderopolis aims to engage kids in reading
October 15, 2015
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The White House
Toyota commits $4.5 million to expand the Toyota Family Learning Initiative reaching new Latino communities. This investment will support the National Center for Families Learning in further developing the national […]
October 15, 2015
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ASCD
Principal Josh Patterson discusses how his school’s teachers used Wonderopolis to create a culture of inquiry to fuel learning.
August 1, 2015
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WQED
NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick joins WQED Edu’s iQ: smartparent’s Darieth Chisolm to discuss Wonderopolis and other resources parents can use to cultivate learning and growth when school is not […]
June 15, 2015
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NCFL launches 2015 Camp Wonderopolis
Free online website keeps kids and parents learning outside of the classroom
June 13, 2015
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Cincinnati Enquirer
New Idea: Families that Learn Together — An op-ed from Beech Acres CEO Jim Mason.
June 10, 2015
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Wisconsin Watchdog
Parents graduate from a Milwaukee charter school’s Toyota Family Learning program
June 5, 2015
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NCFL Wins REVERE Award for Renegade Buggies
Renegade Buggies was presented a Beyond the Classroom award at the REVERE Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C., on June 3. The award was given for the creation of a […]
June 2, 2015
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Soapbox Cincinnati
Beech Acres helps school families navigate parenthood via Toyota Family Learning
May 22, 2015
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Toyota and NCFL Announce Third Round of Toyota Family Learning Grants
Toyota and NCFL are now welcoming community programs across the nation to submit initial applications for the prestigious Toyota Family Learning grants, which recognize innovation in engaging families in learning, […]
May 19, 2015
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News 12 The Bronx
Toyota Family Learning parents at East Side House complete leadership workshops
May 18, 2015
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FOX28 – WSJV | Indiana
Kids will have access to free books this summer through the third annual Hoosier Family of Readers summer literacy initiative by the Indiana Department of Education.
May 16, 2015
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KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)
KLKN’s Excellence in Education featured seven West Lincoln Elementary parents (“miracle workers”) who have been helping one another learn how to best support their children with schoolwork; assisting with transportation […]
May 14, 2015
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KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)
“The hope is to inspire their children to work hard.” ‪Toyota Family Learning‬ at Lincoln Public Schools was featured on KLKN’s Excellence in Education.
May 12, 2015
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U.S. Department of Education
A Family Literacy Night in Louisville, Kentucky was a celebration of some of the work being done by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) with the National Center for Families […]
May 10, 2015
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The Christian Science Monitor
Homework woes: In a 2013 survey by the National Center for Families Learning, 60 percent of parents admitted they were sometimes unable to help their child with homework.
April 24, 2015
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Bronx Times
[Toyota Family Learning participants] walked hand in hand with both their parents and police during a safety walk in Mott Haven on April 17… they handed out flyers and carried […]
April 22, 2015
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Mott Haven Herald
Families walk for change: Starting at a community center in the South Bronx, more than 20 Toyota Family Learning families toured Mott Haven alongside an NYPD Captain and fellow officers […]
April 12, 2015
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Parental engagement vital in education
NCFL’s 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year runner up shares how she is engaging families with young children in the San Antonio area through her Virtual Program for Kindergarten […]
April 6, 2015
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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
Wonderopolis keeps students engaged during Spring and Summer break
April 2, 2015
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Renegade Buggies wins international award
NCFL’s financial literacy app was named the Instructional Game of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy.
March 23, 2015
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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
VP Emily Kirkpatrick and Creative Director Jon Reigelman share Wonderopolis resources, fossil experiments, and local learning opportunities.
March 22, 2015
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Washington Post
Feature on Kristen Whitaker, NCFL’s 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award recipient, and her home-visiting practices, its benefits.
March 16, 2015
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Literacy Powerline Becomes Part of NCFL
NCFL and Literacy Powerline have a successful history of working collaboratively and in support of leveraging the power of families and communities to increase literacy and lifelong learning.
February 19, 2015
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Business First Louisville
Louisville nonprofit launches app, Renegade Buggies, to improve financial literacy for families.
February 18, 2015
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WAVE 3 News: Louisville, Ky
Jefferson County Public Schools tackle snow-day brain drain with at-home Wonderopolis activities
February 18, 2015
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WHAS 11 News: Louisville, Ky.
NCFL, Jefferson County Public Schools encourage students to learn despite snow day.
February 17, 2015
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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.
Local school system encourages families to use NCFL’s Wonderopolis to enhance learning at home during snow days.
February 5, 2015
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SmartBlogs: One district’s approach to ELL instruction
In 2000, the Community Based English Tutoring program was established and offered adult ESL classes specifically designed for parents to support their children’s academic progress. Ten years later, the Oakland […]
February 2, 2015
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Wisconsin Reporter
Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School educates a second generation of students with help from a major Toyota/NCFL grant to create opportunities for families to become more involved in school activities.
January 13, 2015
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WDRB Fox Morning News
Wonderopolis hopes to spark curiosity when students have time to flex their imagination.
December 4, 2014
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The Denver Post
Metropolitan State University’s family education program wins Toyota Family Learning grant to integrate, add support
November 26, 2014
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Wisconsin Reporter
Milwaukee charter school wins national family learning grant
November 22, 2014
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The Providence Journal
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island’s Toyota Family Learning participants make sure refugees find a place at a table and a first Thanksgiving for its first Family Service Learning event […]
November 19, 2014
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A new charter school operating under Milwaukee Public Schools has won a $175,000 Toyota Family Learning grant to engage parents and their children in learning.
November 13, 2014
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Toyota Family Learning expands into five new communities
Today’s announcement brings the total NCFL and Toyota grant amount to $1.75 million for programs in 10 schools, libraries and community-based organizations
November 11, 2014
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Five Foods You Hate as a Kid But Love as an Adult
Wonderopolis is cited to to explain how smell plays an important role in our taste bud development saying, “A food that has a strong smell might be unattractive to children […]
October 22, 2014
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CBS New York
Based on our survey that found over 60 percent of parents struggle to help their children with homework, 1010 WINS’ John Montone went on the move to find out if […]
October 11, 2014
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New Albany News and Tribune
Greater Clark (Indiana) approves pilot program for non-English speakers, Families Reading & Talking Together, run by NCFL.
September 29, 2014
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The Daily Ardmoreite
NCFL joins Ardmore City Schools for literacy nights with a focus on reading with use of myON technology.
September 21, 2014
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Education World
NCFL survey reveals nearly half of U.S. parents dread sending their children back to school.
September 18, 2014
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Parents and Homework
Our annual survey reveals more parents admit they struggle helping their kids with homework.
September 8, 2014
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Families Learning Summit 2015
Register today to join the nation’s top experts on two-generational learning, spanning early childhood education to adult literacy issues.
August 26, 2014
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EdSurge
The National Literacy Directory set out to change the way adult learners access educational resources. The program boasts listings of over 10,000 academic organizations and GED-testing centers nationwide, as well […]
August 20, 2014
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Education Week
Springdale (AR) Superintendent Jim D. Rollins describes NCFL’s PACT Time as “a model for the nation” in this Q&A about his district handles the ever-changing population of his district.
August 15, 2014
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Tristate News [Evansville, IN]
Thanks to generous funding from Old National Bank, NCFL will combine strengths and expertise with Indiana Department of Education to build on Hoosier Family of Readers. Tristate News was there […]
August 13, 2014
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Louisville Business First
NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick named one of 20 people to know in education. Read her full Q&A here.
August 8, 2014
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Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
For CTL’s 20th Anniversary guest blog series, Sharon Darling writes about the importance of seeking a broader view of family engagement.
August 6, 2014
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Education Week
In “Federal Pre-K Push Could Also Boost Parents’ Education, Advocates Say,” Sharon Darling adds, “We spend a lot of money on poor children in our schools… But in reality, there […]
August 3, 2014
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The Washington Post
An in-depth look at NCFL’s Founder Sharon Darling’s concept of dual-generation learning at work in a D.C. charter school.
August 1, 2014
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Phoenix Magazine
Making the Grade: Phoenix teacher Kathleen Johnston gets an “A+” for uplifting students – and a 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year grant from NCFL to scale her methods […]
July 24, 2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Reading should be a family affair, but parents can’t help their children learn to read if they can’t read well themselves.” NCFL cited in powerful op-ed by PA State Rep. […]
July 22, 2014
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NCFL Announces Literacy Partnership with State of Indiana
Organizations combine to elevate statewide reading effort for families and inspire nationwide model.
July 21, 2014
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Parenting Beyond!
Camp Wonderoplis At The Kenton County Public Library. Guest Post by KCPL Children’s Programmer/Librarian; Krista King-Oaks.
July 10, 2014
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The Little Things
Great review(and photos!) of the ever – popular Camp Wonderopolis events in Northern Kentucky at the Kenton County Public Library .
July 7, 2014
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WHNS (FOX) – Greenville, SC – Morning News @ 7
WHNS (FOX) in Greenville, SC lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a “a great on-line summer camp” and encouraged viewers to sign up. “There are lots of educational and colorful activities your […]
July 5, 2014
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Cincinnati’s WLWT5-NBC
A Kenton County librarian is interviewed about Camp Wonderopolis and its ability to allow children and parents to explore wonders of world without leaving home.
June 18, 2014
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NCFL and Better World Books Kick Off Summer with Camp Wonderopolis™
Do you know why gum loses its flavor? Or where lightning bugs go during the day? Do you know why we can’t feel the Earth spin? The answers can all […]
June 18, 2014
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Imagination Soup
Camp Wonderopolis joins a reputable list of Virtual Summer Camps.
June 18, 2014
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Cranston Herald
Toyota Family Learning’s Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island works with families to strengthen reading, language skills.
June 17, 2014
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Good Morning America Live!
Campers and Counselors from Camp Wonderopolis were invited on the set of GMA Live! to talk about Camp and eat Twinkies.
June 12, 2014
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Providence Journal
DIIRI Director Kathleen Cloutier: Engaging immigrant families in schools with Toyota Family Learning
June 11, 2014
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EdCentral.org
EdCentral reporter writes, “Innovative programs like Camp Wonderopolis™ provide families the opportunity to attend an online educational summer camp at no cost.”
May 29, 2014
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Mommies with Style
Mom blogger lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a fun and free way to prevent summer brain drain,
May 27, 2014
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7 Kids and Us
Mom Bloggers Casey and Paige review NCFL’s FamilyTimeMachine.com and share its activities and ideas for family fun time.
May 14, 2014
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Lincoln Public Schools
Parents from Everett Elementary School spoke of how they had learned how to help their children in school, had learned English, and had learned how to grow comfortable in Lincoln, […]
May 13, 2014
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MiddleWeb
MiddleWeb lauds Camp Wonderopolis as a good “Beyond Reading” tool in its “Cool Summer Reading for Kids: 2014 Resources!” roundup.
May 2, 2014
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The DC Moms
During a family road trip to North Carolina, The DC Moms’ blogger discovers NCFL’s Family Time Machine.
April 14, 2014
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Providence Business News
The Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island is one of five winners of a Toyota Family Learning grant for $175,000 to fund new family learning programs.
March 29, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star
Maria Pesina Cruz writes about how her involvement in the Lincoln Public School family literacy program changed her life for the better. LPS was a 2014 recipient of the $175,000 […]
March 28, 2014
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School Library Journal
A Nashville librarian who created family literacy programs and carefully tracked her programs’s outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.
March 27, 2014
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BAM Radio
Developing literacy begins in the home. In this #PTChat follow-up, NCFL’s Director of Literacy and Family Learning Services Donna Elder shares her strategies and tools for inspiring kids to read […]
March 22, 2014
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The Daily Breeze
Toberman Neighborhood Center’s CEO writes about NCFL’s Families Learning Summit and why she believes that family involvement is the key to raising thriving, healthy and successful children.
March 12, 2014
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KET College & Career Ready News
KET, the largest PBS affiliate in the US, reports on the Family Time Machine and the reasons behind NCFL’s recent name change.
March 10, 2014
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TakePart
Kathleen Johnston was named the first runner-up for the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award at NCFL’s Families Learning Summit. She wants to use her $5,000 grant to […]
March 7, 2014
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Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Mayor Annise Parker writes, “Houston Public Library has been selected this year as one of only five sites across the nation to partner with the National Center for Families […]
February 28, 2014
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TeachMama.com [Video]
Amy Mascott sits down with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick at the 2014 Families Learning Summit in Washington, DC, to discuss Wonderopolis and Toyota Family Learning’s newest digital platform, Family […]
February 27, 2014
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Line on Families Learning – February 2014
Couldn’t join us in Washington, DC? No problem. This special edition of NCFL’s monthly newspaper will fill you in on the fun had by all at our annual Families Learning […]
February 23, 2014
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The Daily Breeze
Learning has become a family affair at Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro thanks to financial help from a coveted Toyota Family Learning grant, awarded at NCFL’s 2014 Families Learning […]
February 21, 2014
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Brain Burps about Books with Katie Davis
Writerpreneur Katie Davis discusses Wonderopolis with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick.
February 21, 2014
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Ed Central
Conor P. Williams, a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, reports from NCFL’s 2014 Families Learning Summit in Washington, D.C.
February 20, 2014
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Babble.com
Wonderopolis and the Family Time Machine named in TechSavvyMama Leticia Barr’s “7 Educational Sites That Inspire Learning at Home”
February 19, 2014
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Providence Journal
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has been selected as one of five winners of the Toyota Family Learning grant, a collaboration with the automaker and the National Center for […]
February 18, 2014
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NCFL and Toyota Award National Leaders at Keynote Luncheon
2014 Family Learning Program grant recipients and Teacher of the Year are announced
February 18, 2014
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The Tennessean
Liz Atack, with the Nashville Public Library, was named the Toyota Teacher of the Year by the National Center for Families Learning. Atack was the first librarian chosen in the […]
February 13, 2014
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Education Week
NCFL released the Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults (including 454 parents), which showed that while parents spend on average almost nine hours a day with their children, more […]
February 12, 2014
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Family Time Machine Makes Every Moment a Learning Opportunity
NCFL, Toyota partner to ignite imaginations with a new website and mobile app to help parents and kids make better use of every moment
January 27, 2014
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The Daily Ardmoreite
A new interactive-literacy program that provides elementary school students access to digital books launched this month at three Ardmore elementary schools thanks to a recent partnership and support from the […]
January 27, 2014
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Guest Blog: Urban Libraries Council to join NCFL at Families Learning Summit
Harriet Coalter, Director of the Richmond Public Library and Jennifer Giltrop, Director of Public Services from the D.C. Public Library will present how libraries are innovating and leading learning partnerships […]
January 9, 2014
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New National Literacy Directory Connects Adults and Their Families to Education Opportunities
NCFL and Dollar General Literacy Foundation partner to provide comprehensive resource that helps individuals find more than 10,000 local literacy and education programs and GED® testing centers in their area.
January 6, 2014
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Education Week
NCFL Vice President encourages parents to trust their own parenting abilities, instincts when supporting family learning.
December 17, 2013
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Lifehack.org
There are countless tools, platforms and websites that are being marketed to parents with the promise of turning your child into the next Sheldon Cooper (though some of us will […]
December 15, 2013
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Toyota Family Literacy Program Research
A review and synthesis of more than three years of data research reports for seven selected TFLP communities showed gains in three key areas: student achievement, parent engagement and adult […]
December 11, 2013
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Call for Nominations: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
Know a teacher that deserves an “A+” for engaging parents, children and educators in the learning process? Nominate them for the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award and the […]
December 9, 2013
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New Data Reveals Compelling Electronic Media Usage Trends Among Hispanic Families
NCFL and Northwestern University partner, find Hispanic families embrace technology in education
November 22, 2013
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Citizens for a Digital Future
Citizens for a Digital Future, Kentucky (CDF) has honored the NCFL with its Leader in Technology Award in recognition of their nationally lauded online program, Wonderopolis.
November 5, 2013
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Business Journal
Family literacy center changes name, maintains mission
November 1, 2013
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National Center for Family Literacy Becomes National Center for Families Learning
NCFL reveals its new name and resources, adding to an already robust set of tools that supports all who make learning successful — children, parents and educators.
September 17, 2013
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Houston Chronicle
In this op-ed, NCFL joins forces with our partner Better World Books to raise awareness of the vital role literacy plays in our country’s economic success.
September 17, 2013
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Education Week
On the K-12 Parents and the Public blog, Karla Scoon Reid shares the results of NCFL’s parent survey, which finds nearly half of parents struggle helping their children with homework.
September 16, 2013
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Half of Parents Have Trouble Helping Their Kids with Homework, Reveals New Survey
The National Center for Family Literacy Polled Parents, Offers Free Online Help to Get Back in School Year Swing.
July 1, 2013
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Council to Study Use of Digital Media by Hispanic and Latino Families
National Center for Family Literacy and Joan Ganz Cooney Center Form Aprendiendo Juntos Council.
June 28, 2013
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Wonderopolis® Named Best Website for Teaching and Learning
American Association of School Librarians recognizes site as exceptional in curriculum collaboration.
June 16, 2013
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National Center for Family Literacy Launches Free, Virtual Summer Camp Today, Through Support from Toyota
Third Camp What-A-Wonder makes summer learning fun with daily learning opportunities for kids and parents.
June 1, 2013
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Long Beach Press-Telegram
Carolyn Blocker, 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year, and her organization are recognized in this article.
May 19, 2013
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Wired.com’s GeekDad
Geek Dad’s Daniel Donahoo profiles the redesigned Wonderopolis website and includes examples of how teachers, students, and families use the site to learn.
May 15, 2013
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Reimagine Wonder with the Redesigned Wonderopolis® Website, Supported By the Verizon Foundation
The National Center for Family Literacy revamps award-winning Wonderopolis with exciting new features to engage families and foster lifelong learning.
May 12, 2013
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Toyota and National Center for Family Literacy Launch $10 Million Initiative
New initiative kicks off by accepting grant applications from local organizations to further family learning beyond the classroom and into homes and communities.
May 9, 2013
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U.S. Department of Education Blog
NCFL and the U.S. Department of Education announce a year-long partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country. Read ED’s blog post on the partnership.
May 9, 2013
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NCFL announces partnership with U.S. Department of Education to advance family engagement initiatives
Goal to provide strategies to improve educational attainment.
April 27, 2013
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The Courier-Journal
To kick off NCFL’s annual conference, NCFL VP Emily Kirkpatrick was featured in The Courier-Journal, the daily newspaper for the Louisville, KY, metropolitan area, highlighting the importance of family literacy […]
April 22, 2013
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Long Beach Educator Named National Toyota Teacher of the Year
Will receive $20,000 to implement family literacy program in her community focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
December 31, 2012
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Scholastic Instructor
In Scholastic Instructor, an article on educators’ biggest concerns about implementing Common Core State Standards cites Wonderopolis as a solution to finding appropriate informational text for early readers.

We the Family

Hear from powerful families in NCFL’s Family Service Learning Program as they pursue justice and eliminate systemic barriers in education, health care, government, and more.

About the Podcast

Families can transform communities. Knowing this, we partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a new podcast series that elevates inspiring family stories that highlight the power of community. By sharing these stories, we aim to change the national conversation about poverty and economic mobility.

Each podcast episode spotlights the journey of different families and how they improved their community through the Family Service Learning program. Every family’s story is authentic to their experience and showcases the impact of their voice and actions locally.

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