media Dec 5, 2018

These Three Women Are Changing The Way We Think About Education

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release Nov 20, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning Applauds Congressional Resolution

Two-generation Family Service Learning model is highlighted for its results.

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media Nov 1, 2018

Say & Play With Words-Louisville

NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling talks about the Say & Play With Words vocabulary initiative on WHAS11 (ABC). Read more»

release Oct 9, 2018

New statewide centers to focus on student achievement gap

NCFL to lead creation of centers in Nebraska and Arizona.

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media Jul 27, 2018

WBOY (West Virginia)

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, 32 million adults in the U.S. demonstrate a below basic reading level, but what does that mean for the state of West Virginia? According to the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, one in five adults within the county can not read above a fourth-grade level, and findings from the West Virginia Library Commission suggest that trend can be found statewide. Read more»

media Jul 17, 2018

Cool Mom Picks

Anyone else searching for free things to do with your kids this summer? As the mom of a toddler who hasn’t stopped moving since 2017, I know I am. And since I want to keep the whine at bay and still budget for our vacation, I’ve set out to find the best free activities for kids around. Read more»

media Jul 7, 2018

The Borgen Project

The ability to read and write is one that is vital to a person’s capacity to function and excel in today’s world. Better World Books, an online new and used book retailer, has set out to provide for this need. Through programs that supply books to those in need and the funding of educational efforts, Better World Books promotes literacy across the globe. Read more»

media Jun 25, 2018

WHEC-TV (NBC, Rochester)

School is out for the summer and a lot of kids risk falling behind. It's called the summer slide, but there are some things parents can do to help avoid this. Read more»

media Jun 21, 2018

Working Mother

If managing your kids' summer schedules are running you ragged, you may want to consider the online option. Apps, websites, and even full-fledged virtual camps offer a wide range of summer learning opportunities and can provide the ideal activity during a "staycation" or a fill-in between other activities. Read more»

media Jun 13, 2018

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Norma Gutierrez came to the United States with a passion for creating works of art out of pastry and that led her to pursue citizenship and further her education. Read more»

media Jun 8, 2018

The Online Mom

Looking for ways to fill those summer days? Online summer camps offer more than hours of uninterrupted screen time; many of them take kids outdoors to explore the world all around them. Read more»

release Apr 18, 2018

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.

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media Apr 17, 2018

Michigan Chronicle

Under DeVore’s leadership, PNC Bank and the local PNC Foundation, recently launched Tinkering for Tots. The program is a unique three-year initiative with an investment price tag of $210,000. In partnership with The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., the year-round program will provide more than 1,000 pre-K and kindergarten students from 28 Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) schools opportunities to visit The Henry Ford. During such visits, “young developing minds” will be exposed to activities and events connected to science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Read more»

media Apr 12, 2018

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 life-long, joyful relationships between readers and books. Read more»

media Mar 15, 2018

Deseret News

Before you sit down to another evening of ninth-grade algebra after a long day at the office, consider this: Children whose parents help a lot with their homework may not perform any better on standardized tests than those who do it all by themselves. That's the finding of a recent global survey that examined parents' attitudes about schools and their involvement in their children's education. Read more»

media Mar 11, 2018

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 behavioral health at North Mississippi Medical Center and as a psychology instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College for the last 20 years. Read more»

media Mar 11, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. Read more»

media Mar 5, 2018

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 in the future. According to the National Center for Families Learning, children who are read to daily from infancy reach kindergarten with approximately 900 hours of what they call “brain food.” Reduce the amount of reading to 30 minutes per week, and the same child is now 770 hours behind peers who were read to daily. Read more»

media Feb 23, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right!... Read more»

media Feb 23, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 21, 2018

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 must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 21, 2018

Luxora Leader

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 must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. Read more»

media Feb 19, 2018

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, it will take substantive programming that ties volunteerism to getting people job skills and into the workforce. Read more»

media Feb 19, 2018

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 Pelican State must develop substantive programming that ties volunteerism to getting people job skills and into the workforce. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2018

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 must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2018

Star News (Wilmington, NC)

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, it will take substantive programming that ties volunteerism to getting people job skills and into the workforce. As vulnerable adults begin contributing to their community, they feel a sense of pride, accomplishment and dignity. They are viewed as part of the solution — not part of the problem. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2018

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 must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right... Read more»

media Feb 17, 2018

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 possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. Read more»

media Feb 17, 2018

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 see Louisiana citizens’ lives and communities transformed. Volunteering and community engagement can lead to participants learning workforce skills, which leads to attaining jobs. Read more»

media Feb 17, 2018

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 possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right. Read more»

media Feb 16, 2018

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 the nation if it can ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right... Read more»

media Feb 15, 2018

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 communities. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 15, 2018

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 meaningful as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 15, 2018

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 the program is a win-win for participants and the communities where they live. It will take substantive programming around the 80 hours per month requirement for able-bodied people to either work or perform community service to do that. By tying volunteerism to getting people job skills and into the workforce, a path to self-sufficiency is forged. Read more»

media Feb 15, 2018

Journal-Tribune (Biddeford, ME)

As Maine 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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! The Pine Tree State needs substantive programming around its 80-hour per month requirement for able-bodied people to either work or perform community service. If done correctly, doors could be opened and we could see Maine citizens' lives and communities transformed. Read more»

media Feb 14, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 14, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. The Buckeye state needs substantive programming around its 80-hours per month requirement for able-bodied people to either work or perform community service. Read more»

media Feb 14, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 14, 2018

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 as possible for those impacted. Simply put, we need to do it right! Read more»

media Feb 13, 2018

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 must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Read more»

media Feb 11, 2018

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 evolved from a social setting to a profitable business. While the group meets, the women converse in both Arabic and English - and no matter how they communicate they take care of business. Read more»

media Jan 26, 2018

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 the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted. Read more»

media Dec 30, 2017

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, across the country have been changed as they have participated in our programming and utilized our resources to create a path to success. Any lasting legacy can be created by helping even one person in need.” — Sharon Darling, President and Founder, National Center for Families Learning Read more»

media Dec 3, 2017

Hattiesburg American

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. Read more»

media Nov 27, 2017

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 youth. The Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning, the family literacy advocate whose goal is to help eradicate poverty via education, has been selected by the 50-year-old Search Institute to create and test innovative ways to strengthen relationships between vulnerable youth and adults. Read more»

media Nov 26, 2017

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 out of poverty by empowering parents with the skills and confidence to improve their life situations. Learning is extended beyond school walls and into daily routines, such as a trip to the store, time at the dinner table, or just time alone between parent and child. Read more»

media Nov 19, 2017

Daily Corinthian

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 2018. The goal: to elevate families out of poverty by empowering parents with the skills and confidence to improve their life situations. Learning is extended beyond school walls and into daily routines, such as a trip to the store, time at the dinner table, or just time alone between parent and child. Read more»

media Oct 27, 2017

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 Reading Partners in 2010. Earlier this month, Andrews, 70, who has worked in Durham and Chapel Hill schools, was awarded the National Family Teacher of the Year title. Here, she talks about the importance of introducing kids to books early on – and what she’ll do with the prize money from the award. Read more»

release Sep 26, 2017

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) Founder Sharon Darling, program participants and partners at a round table discussion in Louisville this morning.

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media Sep 25, 2017

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 still a "no" vote on the bill, even though a new provision Monday adds increased federal funding for Kentucky. Read more»

media Sep 25, 2017

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 and the White House to stave off defeat in a Senate showdown over the Graham-Cassidy health care bill this week. Read more»

release Sep 19, 2017

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 benefits of Family Service Learning. The Resolution designates the week of September 11 through 15, 2017, as “National Family Service Learning Week,” and is being supported by over a dozen other congressmen and senators.

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media Sep 19, 2017

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 serve more vulnerable parents and children. Read more»

release Sep 18, 2017

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 parents are experiencing hope and optimism for their futures because they are gaining valuable literacy and employability skills that empower them to contribute to their communities and achieve economic self-sufficiency through the NCFL Family Learning model. Children are seeing their parents work hard and reap the benefits. NCFL is seeing families lift themselves out of poverty, breaking a long-standing cycle. This award represents our efforts but the honor belongs to the millions of families who have taken ownership to improve their own lives over the past 28 years.”

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media Sep 12, 2017

Grocery Headquarters

Dollar General and Kellogg have teamed up on a new Here’s My Story campaign that is aimed at sharing customers’ personalized literacy and education advancements in honor of National Literacy Month, celebrated during September. Dollar General Literacy Foundation is funding the programs. Read more»

media Sep 11, 2017

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 a simile and a metaphor. Some things you learned are obsolete now: Pluto is no longer considered a planet, it was demoted in 2006. Here’s the good news: When it comes to homework help, asking the right questions is more important than knowing all the answers. Use these smart prompts to direct your child’s work and teach important learning-management skills: Read more»

media Sep 11, 2017

Press Release Point

The Public Library Association (PLA) is spreading the word about its Family Engagement Initiative by reaching out to library, museum and education professionals. PLA leaders and staff are hitting the road this fall to share the latest information on family engagement through public libraries. PLA has partnered with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to support several sessions related to the initiative at NCFL's Families Learning Conference, taking place Oct. 9-11, in Tucson, Arizona. Three conference sessions were developed and will be presented by PLA. Read more»

media Sep 5, 2017

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 Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein: the Children’s Literacy Initiative; the National Center for Families and Learning; and Pratham Books. Read more»

media Aug 29, 2017

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 that report and solve those math problems between sports practices, music lessons or a part-time job. Read more»

release Jul 6, 2017

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 Center for Families Learning (NCFL), with support from Better World Books, launched this free, online summer learning camp where parents and children can discover fun science, technology, and world wonders at Camp.Wonderopolis.org.

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media Jul 6, 2017

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. The graduation ceremony took place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Read more»

media Jun 14, 2017

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 stem Summer Learning Loss, and it's made by Kentucky-based National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Camp Wonderopolis improves children's background knowledge, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills through fun lessons and activities. Read more»

media Jun 13, 2017

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. Read more»

media Jun 5, 2017

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 design. Read more»

release May 23, 2017

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 girls and one boy ranging in age from 1 to 6 years old – are attending weekly NCFL Family Learning meetings at 2NOT1. Hall’s family signed up for the program to learn to be a more engaged parent in his children’s education, build family bonds, and learn workforce skills that could widen his job prospects.

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media May 23, 2017

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 word "Violence" written inside, the letters popping against the white cotton. Read more»

media May 23, 2017

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 and south Louisville including the Louisville Urban League, "2 Not 1", and the Americana World Community Center. Read more»

media May 23, 2017

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 and emphasizes the parents' role in their children's education. In addition to its two current locations, the program will now be offered at five new venues in south and west Louisville, with two more sites to be added this fall. Each location will be able to service about 50 families. The new sites are: McFerran Elementary, Americana World Community Center, the Louisville Urban League, 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families Inc. and the Academy of Music Production Education and Development. Read more»

media May 23, 2017

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. "I wanted to learn how to be a parent, how to teach my kids, and not just that, I wanted to learn how to better understand my kids," said Deraldo Hall, a father of five. Hall said he joined the organization to give his kids a better life than he had. Read more»

media May 23, 2017

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 to learn together. And so far, it has worked in Louisville and other cities across the country. Read more»

media May 18, 2017

Floyd County Times

So, what if you could effectively eliminate the achievement gap at kindergarten? And, in doing so, also elevate parents to build workforce skills and gain employment or better jobs? It would certainly take an innovative approach – one that involves parents and children learning together. Read more»

media May 17, 2017

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 benchmarks in math and science and only 39 percent earned or surpassed reading standards. These are alarming statistics that demonstrate when kids start school behind, they often stay behind. Read more»

release May 5, 2017

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 called Toyota Family Learning is a solution to many of the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families. The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi received a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and NCFL to launch the program.

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release May 5, 2017

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 Learning Center in Richmond at a Virginia Preschool Initiative family event that included Frances Frost, family ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

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media May 1, 2017

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 week throughout Northeast Mississippi. Read more»

media Apr 26, 2017

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 to make on her 6-year-old daughter’s education. “I’ve learned how to work better with my daughter on homework and reading,” Ledbetter said. “(The FRC) has helped us with more time to focus on her goals in school.” Read more»

media Apr 25, 2017

WCBI-TV (CBS, Columbus, Miss.)

TV Broadcast of NCFL & Toyota Family Learning in Tupelo, MS Read more»

media Apr 21, 2017

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 husband, and, hopefully, provide that better life for her future children. Read more»

media Apr 16, 2017

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 as $350,000 in donations for education and literacy. Read more»

media Apr 16, 2017

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 car – the Corolla – and how our region has played a part in that success. This is certainly a big year for Toyota Mississippi as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the 2-million-square-foot facility in Blue Springs. Read more»

media Apr 13, 2017

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 Blue Springs plant. “We thank you for being the best Toyota team in the world,” Gov. Bryant said. Read more»

media Apr 13, 2017

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 square feet. He says the center will have interactive activities for visitors. "What's really nice is that they'll get to go inside and tour the plant," Botkin said. "Most people have a negative image of manufacturing, in, that it's dirty. Our plant is spotless and very bright and vibrant, especially with the Mississippi workers that we have." Read more»

media Feb 8, 2017

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 for increased funding of these programs nationwide. Read more»

media Dec 27, 2016

The Foxboro Reporter

After a summer of fun, getting back into the swing of the classroom can be difficult for students of all ages and family backgrounds. But parents can help, say experts. “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 tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Read more»

media Dec 19, 2016

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. "This weekend has gone OK," said MoDOT Hannibal spokesperson Lydia Brownell. "We had a little issue with the misty rain, but we got past it. The most trouble we had was in the south because of the rain." Read more»

media Dec 15, 2016

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, she and her husband are proud homeowners, have become United States citizens and have graduated one son from college, with another working on his degree. Read more»

media Dec 6, 2016

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 help my sons with their education, gained job skills and put them all together to create a better life for us,” she said. Read more»

media Nov 28, 2016

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 better way to celebrate both Giving Tuesday and your own personal bibliophilia than by checking out some literary nonprofits to donate to on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. I’ve complied a handy list of 18 of them for you below. Read more»

media Nov 25, 2016

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 the concrete floor, the Maldonados were short on worldly possessions but strong on hope. But, even hope can be razor thin and fleeting. Read more»

media Nov 9, 2016

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 outstanding women associated with the Santa Clara City Library and more specifically, Read Santa Clara, the library’s free adult literacy program. On Oct. 18, at the National Center for Families Learning Conference in Detroit, Michigan, Klor was recognized as the 2016 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year runner-up. She received a plaque and a $5,000 grant for Read Santa Clara. Klor was nominated by Shanti Bhaskaran, the library’s literary program supervisor. Read more»

media Nov 9, 2016

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 School, 2400 Central St., participating in a family literacy program funded by the automaker. Called Toyota Family Learning, one of its key components is that parents and their children attend the same school, spending time in the classroom together. Read more»

media Nov 8, 2016

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, Nov. 12, to the homeless in the community. The group will go out to the area behind Safeway where some have seen homeless gather for shelter, and they will give everyone they find a goodie bag with essentials. The Families in Action is working on this initiative as part of its first community service learning project, a requirement of the Toyota Family Learning program. Read more»

media Oct 24, 2016

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 before they ever start kindergarten. “Words unlock success for children,” said Richard DeVore, regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Bank. Read more»

media Oct 18, 2016

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 they think of Toyota, they think of a single company in the U.S., and we are really not," Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said Tuesday during a one-day visit to Detroit. "We are a group of affiliated companies working together." Read more»

media Oct 15, 2016

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 Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning, includes a $5,000 award to expand outreach for the Read Santa Clara literacy program. Read more»

release Oct 13, 2016

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 babies and young children about reading and brain development. Central to Ciborowski Fahey’s outreach strategy is a book she wrote, “Make Time for Reading: a story guide for parents of babies and young children.” Ciborowski Fahey will use the $20,000 grant from Toyota and NCFL to reprint her book in English and Spanish, which will enable her to reach nearly 7,000 more parents.

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media Oct 13, 2016

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 parents ways to help their children develop a strong foundation for learning. The Weymouth, Mass., community educator was named 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year today by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota for her efforts to educate parents of babies and young children about reading and brain development. Read more»

media Oct 13, 2016

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 idea eventually led Ciborowski Fahey to the maternity ward at South Shore Hospital, where her book, "Make Time for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children" is given to each of the 3,500 mothers who deliver their babies there each year. Read more»

release Sep 19, 2016

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 Family Service Learning and designating the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as National Family Service Week. “When we invest in families, the entire community benefits and grows,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Family Service Learning opens up new opportunities that will empower parents and children alike to benefit from the gift of education and the opportunity of community involvement.”

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media Sep 19, 2016

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 Family Service Learning and designating the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as National Family Service Week. “When we invest in families, the entire community benefits and grows,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Family Service Learning opens up new opportunities that will empower parents and children alike to benefit from the gift of education and the opportunity of community involvement.” Read more»

release Sep 13, 2016

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 the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution acknowledging the broad benefits of Family Service Learning. The Resolution designates the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as “National Family Service Learning Week.”

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media Sep 13, 2016

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 the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution acknowledging the broad benefits of Family Service Learning. The Resolution designates the week of September 12 through 16, 2016 as “National Family Service Learning Week.” Read more»

media Aug 2, 2016

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 tone of making learning fun, ease the back-to-school transition, and foster literacy skills at home,” says Jon Reigelman, creative director of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Read more»

media Jul 18, 2016

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 valuable their degrees were to them. Read more»

media Jul 6, 2016

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 and men of color in Kentucky. Read more»

media Jun 27, 2016

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 and fitness. Read more»

media Jun 15, 2016

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. That project wraps up on June 15th when we kick-off of an exciting digital event called #GEDGradDay. Read more»

media May 27, 2016

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. Read more»

media May 24, 2016

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 dead body,” these aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Read more»

media May 15, 2016

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 for Scholastic in the 2000’s, noted the challenges... Read more»

media May 12, 2016

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 Learning Night at the DuValle Education Center. Read more»

media May 10, 2016

Dallas News

In one of its first big philanthropic moves two years ago, Toyota donated $1 million to the Plano ISD STEAM Academy High School and made volunteers available to the school. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.) Read more»

media May 6, 2016

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. Read more»

release May 2, 2016

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 find a better job and improve her family’s quality of life by helping her get her GED® certificate and apply to college. She is learning more English and is relying less on her children to translate.

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release Apr 20, 2016

Application for $20,000 Family Teacher of the Year Award Now Open

NCFL has issued a call for nominations to find the 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among youth and adults.

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media Apr 16, 2016

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 conjunction with their Toyota Family Learning partnership. Read more»

media Apr 7, 2016

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 for Families Learning. Read more»

media Mar 31, 2016

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 their schools and communities. It also leverages technology as parents and children learn together and serve their communities through NCFL’s Family Service Learning approach, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® and family-to-family mentoring. The Toyota Family Learning initiative expands and supports the existing BCPS family literacy programs. Read more»

media Mar 30, 2016

Broward County Public School System

Video footage of the official news conference of the unveiling of Toyota Family Learning Prorgram Read more»

media Mar 23, 2016

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 program. The Toyota Family Learning Program will work to address the education challenges of low income and ethnically diverse families. Read more»

release Mar 22, 2016

NCFL launches Wonder Ground™ to support millions using Wonderopolis.org

New educator community to inspire inquiry-based approach to education, led by innovative ambassadors

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media Mar 11, 2016

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 a success in Las Vegas and around the country. It's called Toyota Family Learning and it will help fill the gap for low-income families by creating a program that allows parents to learn along with their student children. Read more»

media Mar 1, 2016

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 education. Guardians will learn technologies—and even the English language—to better teach their children at home after school hours. Read more»

media Feb 26, 2016

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 Center for Families to implement Toyota Family Learning at the Plano Family Literacy School and Sigler Elementary. Read more»

release Feb 9, 2016

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 five Head Start programs over the next three years.

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media Dec 9, 2015

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 in Toyota Family Learning, a program led by the National Center for Families Learning. Read more»

release Dec 8, 2015

NCFL Applauds Congressional Passage of ESSA

Two-generation family literacy, family engagement are priorities in bi-partisan effort

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media Nov 30, 2015

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, talk and play with their little ones every day." Read more»

media Nov 24, 2015

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 Learning programs are celebrating National Family Literacy Month® by focusing on the immense influence families have on a child’s education, future success and well-being. Read more»

media Nov 15, 2015

The Nerdy Book Club

"The House That Reading Built" by Donalyn Miller Read more»

media Nov 3, 2015

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 of the gold award-winning case studies to an enthusiastic packed house during Social Media Week Chicago. Read more»

media Nov 2, 2015

Education World

Family Literacy Initiatives Focus on Creating Strong Support System for Children Learning to Read Read more»

media Oct 22, 2015

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky)

Wonderopolis aims to engage kids in reading Read more»

media Oct 15, 2015

ASCD

Principal Josh Patterson discusses how his school's teachers used Wonderopolis to create a culture of inquiry to fuel learning. Read more»

media Oct 15, 2015

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 model and equip an additional 500 low-income Hispanic and other underrepresented families with innovative tools and educational opportunities, including family service learning projects, over a three-year period. Read more»

media Aug 1, 2015

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 in session. Read more»

release Jun 15, 2015

NCFL launches 2015 Camp Wonderopolis

Free online website keeps kids and parents learning outside of the classroom

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media Jun 13, 2015

Cincinnati Enquirer

New Idea: Families that Learn Together -- An op-ed from Beech Acres CEO Jim Mason. Read more»

media Jun 10, 2015

Wisconsin Watchdog

Parents graduate from a Milwaukee charter school’s Toyota Family Learning program Read more»

release Jun 5, 2015

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 free video game app (available on iOS and Android) designed to open up familial dialogue about basic financial literacy skills and how to make smarter purchasing decisions.

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media Jun 2, 2015

Soapbox Cincinnati

Beech Acres helps school families navigate parenthood via Toyota Family Learning Read more»

release May 22, 2015

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, community service, and mentoring. Past grant recipients have contributed thousands of hours of families learning together and service to communities.

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media May 19, 2015

News 12 The Bronx

Toyota Family Learning parents at East Side House complete leadership workshops Read more»

media May 18, 2015

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. Read more»

media May 16, 2015

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 for each other; and informing other parents about available school resources. Read more»

media May 14, 2015

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. Read more»

media May 12, 2015

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 Learning (NCFL) as a key partner. They are working together to improve kindergarten readiness through the use of 1) High impact family engagement; 2) Specific intergenerational literacy strategies in the home and community tied to classroom strategies. Read more»

media May 10, 2015

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. Read more»

media Apr 24, 2015

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 posters which implored their fellow residents and area businesses to keep the streets safe and clean. Read more»

media Apr 22, 2015

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 to identify and address neighborhood safety concerns. Read more»

media Apr 12, 2015

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 (VPK) at Southwest Independent School District Early Childhood Center. Read more»

media Apr 6, 2015

WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

Wonderopolis keeps students engaged during Spring and Summer break Read more»

release Apr 2, 2015

Renegade Buggies wins international award

NCFL's financial literacy app was named the Instructional Game of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy.

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media Mar 23, 2015

WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

VP Emily Kirkpatrick and Creative Director Jon Reigelman share Wonderopolis resources, fossil experiments, and local learning opportunities. Read more»

media Mar 22, 2015

Washington Post

Feature on Kristen Whitaker, NCFL's 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award recipient, and her home-visiting practices, its benefits. Read more»

release Mar 16, 2015

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.

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media Feb 19, 2015

Business First Louisville

Louisville nonprofit launches app, Renegade Buggies, to improve financial literacy for families. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2015

WHAS 11 News: Louisville, Ky.

NCFL, Jefferson County Public Schools encourage students to learn despite snow day. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2015

WAVE 3 News: Louisville, Ky

Jefferson County Public Schools tackle snow-day brain drain with at-home Wonderopolis activities Read more»

media Feb 17, 2015

WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

Local school system encourages families to use NCFL's Wonderopolis to enhance learning at home during snow days. Read more»

media Feb 5, 2015

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 CBET program evolved into the Family Literacy Program with the implementation of the National Family Literacy Model and with support from NCFL. Read more»

media Feb 2, 2015

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. Read more»

media Jan 13, 2015

WDRB Fox Morning News

Wonderopolis hopes to spark curiosity when students have time to flex their imagination. Read more»

media Dec 4, 2014

The Denver Post

Metropolitan State University's family education program wins Toyota Family Learning grant to integrate, add support Read more»

media Nov 26, 2014

Wisconsin Reporter

Milwaukee charter school wins national family learning grant Read more»

media Nov 22, 2014

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 this year. Read more»

media Nov 19, 2014

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. Read more»

release Nov 13, 2014

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

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media Nov 11, 2014

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 who might otherwise not mind its taste alone.” Read more»

media Oct 22, 2014

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 and why homework is too hard for many parents. Read more»

media Oct 11, 2014

New Albany News and Tribune

Greater Clark (Indiana) approves pilot program for non-English speakers, Families Reading & Talking Together, run by NCFL. Read more»

media Sep 29, 2014

The Daily Ardmoreite

NCFL joins Ardmore City Schools for literacy nights with a focus on reading with use of myON technology. Read more»

media Sep 21, 2014

Education World

NCFL survey reveals nearly half of U.S. parents dread sending their children back to school. Read more»

release Sep 18, 2014

Parents and Homework

Our annual survey reveals more parents admit they struggle helping their kids with homework.

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release Sep 8, 2014

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.

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media Aug 26, 2014

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 as a toll-free number for interested participants who would prefer to obtain referrals to local programs from qualified staff. Read more»

media Aug 20, 2014

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. Read more»

media Aug 15, 2014

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 to witness the check presentation. Read more»

media Aug 13, 2014

Louisville Business First

NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick named one of 20 people to know in education. Read her full Q&A here. Read more»

media Aug 8, 2014

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. Read more»

media Aug 6, 2014

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 are no poor children. They live with poor parents, and (the parents) are poor because they have poor skills. You can't keep putting a Band-Aid on one part of the equation." Read more»

media Aug 3, 2014

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. Read more»

media Aug 1, 2014

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 across the country. Read more»

media Jul 24, 2014

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. Hal English and Don Block, executive director of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Read more»

release Jul 22, 2014

NCFL Announces Literacy Partnership with State of Indiana

Organizations combine to elevate statewide reading effort for families and inspire nationwide model.

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media Jul 21, 2014

Parenting Beyond!

Camp Wonderoplis At The Kenton County Public Library. Guest Post by KCPL Children’s Programmer/Librarian; Krista King-Oaks. Read more»

media Jul 10, 2014

The Little Things

Great review(and photos!) of the ever - popular Camp Wonderopolis events in Northern Kentucky at the Kenton County Public Library .  Read more»

media Jul 5, 2014

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. Read more»

release Jun 18, 2014

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 be found at Camp Wonderopolis™ this summer!

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media Jun 18, 2014

Cranston Herald

Toyota Family Learning's Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island works with families to strengthen reading, language skills. Read more»

media Jun 18, 2014

Imagination Soup

Camp Wonderopolis joins a reputable list of Virtual Summer Camps. Read more»

media Jun 17, 2014

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. Read more»

media Jun 12, 2014

Providence Journal

DIIRI Director Kathleen Cloutier: Engaging immigrant families in schools with Toyota Family Learning Read more»

media Jun 11, 2014

EdCentral.org

EdCentral reporter writes, "Innovative programs like Camp Wonderopolis™ provide families the opportunity to attend an online educational summer camp at no cost." Read more»

media May 29, 2014

Mommies with Style

Mom blogger lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a fun and free way to prevent summer brain drain, Read more»

media May 27, 2014

7 Kids and Us

Mom Bloggers Casey and Paige review NCFL's FamilyTimeMachine.com and share its activities and ideas for family fun time. Read more»

media May 14, 2014

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, Neb. at Lincoln Public Schools' Toyota Family Learning graduation ceremony on May 12, 2014. Read more»

media May 13, 2014

MiddleWeb

MiddleWeb lauds Camp Wonderopolis as a good "Beyond Reading" tool in its "Cool Summer Reading for Kids: 2014 Resources!" roundup. Read more»

media May 2, 2014

The DC Moms

During a family road trip to North Carolina, The DC Moms' blogger discovers NCFL's Family Time Machine. Read more»

media Apr 14, 2014

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. Read more»

media Mar 29, 2014

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 Toyota Family Learning grant. Read more»

media Mar 28, 2014

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. Read more»

media Mar 27, 2014

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 and develop their literacy skills. Read more»

media Mar 22, 2014

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. Read more»

media Mar 12, 2014

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. Read more»

media Mar 10, 2014

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 build an intergenerational program that brings Phoenix's elders into her class to volunteer and share their life stories and career knowledge with students. Read more»

media Mar 7, 2014

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 Learning (NCFL) on Toyota Family Learning. This is an opportunity for the Houston Public Library to join one of the most innovative educational movements in the country. We will be supporting the entire family, improving student achievement and building a stronger community alongside NCFL and Toyota." Read more»

media Feb 28, 2014

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 Time Machine. Read more»

release Feb 27, 2014

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 Summit.

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media Feb 23, 2014

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 Summit. Read more»

media Feb 21, 2014

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. Read more»

media Feb 21, 2014

Brain Burps about Books with Katie Davis

Writerpreneur Katie Davis discusses Wonderopolis with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick. Read more»

media Feb 20, 2014

Babble.com

Wonderopolis and the Family Time Machine named in TechSavvyMama Leticia Barr's "7 Educational Sites That Inspire Learning at Home" Read more»

media Feb 19, 2014

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 Families Learning. Read more»

media Feb 18, 2014

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 award's 17-year history. Read more»

release Feb 18, 2014

NCFL and Toyota Award National Leaders at Keynote Luncheon

2014 Family Learning Program grant recipients and Teacher of the Year are announced

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media Feb 13, 2014

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 than half aren't sure how to make the most of the time they have as a family. In response, NCFL and Toyota used the poll results to develop the Family Time Machine, a website to give parents and children creative and educational ideas to best use the precious minutes and hours that they are together. Read more»

release Feb 12, 2014

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

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release Jan 27, 2014

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 in a digital age.

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media Jan 27, 2014

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 Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Ardmore City Schools has teamed up with the National Center for Families Learning in hopes to improve elementary school literacy levels and reach children after they leave school each day. Read more»

release Jan 9, 2014

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.

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media Jan 6, 2014

Education Week

NCFL Vice President encourages parents to trust their own parenting abilities, instincts when supporting family learning. Read more»

media Dec 17, 2013

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 settle for a functioning adult). So if what you’re looking for includes top-notch websites that will make your kids smart enough to win college scholarships, then consider these awesome resources. #1. Wonderopolis Read more»

media Dec 15, 2013

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 reading behaviors. Read more»

release Dec 11, 2013

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 chance to win $20,000 for their school or non-profit program

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release Dec 9, 2013

New Data Reveals Compelling Electronic Media Usage Trends Among Hispanic Families

NCFL and Northwestern University partner, find Hispanic families embrace technology in education

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media Nov 22, 2013

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. Read more»

media Nov 5, 2013

Business Journal

Family literacy center changes name, maintains mission Read more»

release Nov 1, 2013

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.

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media Sep 17, 2013

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. Read more»

media Sep 17, 2013

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. Read more»

release Sep 16, 2013

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.

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release Jul 1, 2013

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.

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release Jun 28, 2013

Wonderopolis® Named Best Website for Teaching and Learning

American Association of School Librarians recognizes site as exceptional in curriculum collaboration.

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release Jun 16, 2013

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.

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media Jun 1, 2013

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Carolyn Blocker, 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year, and her organization are recognized in this article. Read more»

media May 19, 2013

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. Read more»

release May 15, 2013

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.

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release May 12, 2013

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.

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media May 9, 2013

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. Read more»

release May 9, 2013

NCFL announces partnership with U.S. Department of Education to advance family engagement initiatives

Goal to provide strategies to improve educational attainment.

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media Apr 27, 2013

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 and the value NCFL brings to local communities and on a national level. Read more»

release Apr 22, 2013

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.

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media Dec 31, 2012

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. Read more»

NCFL Blog

Blog Nov 30, 2018

Family Literacy Friday: A family’s future changes at Plano Family Literacy School

Rocio grew up on the U.S.-Mexican border as the youngest of five children. After later having a child of her own, she began attending Plano Family Literacy School (PFLS), a local partner of the ... Read more»

Blog Nov 20, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning applauds Congressional resolution

This week, members of Congress introduced a resolution celebrating the broad benefits of Family Service Learning. The Resolution designates the week of November 19, 2018, as “National Family ... Read more»

Blog Oct 24, 2018

Word up: new initiative aims to give low-income children better chance at academic success by closing word gap

Half of Jefferson County, Kentucky, children lack the basic skills and knowledge to begin kindergarten. The PNC Foundation, Lift A Life Foundation, National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), ... Read more»

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English Language Learners Apr 30, 2018

English Language Learners in Public Schools

National Center for Education Statistics. (2017, March). English language learners in Public Schools. Washington, DC: author. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cgf.asp Read more»

American Indian Education Mar 30, 2017

National Indian Education Study 2015: American Indian and Alaska Native Students at Grades 4 and 8

Ninneman, A.M., Deaton, J., & Francis-Begay, K. (2017). National Indian education study 2015: American Indian and Alaska Native students at grades 4 and 8. (NCES 2017-161). Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/publications/studies/pdf/2017161.pdf Read more»

Workforce Readiness Oct 6, 2016

Key Findings About the American Workforce and the Changing Job Market

Brown, A. (2016, October). Key findings about the American workforce and the changing job market. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/ Read more»

English Language Learners Jun 30, 2016

Promoting Success for Dual Language Learners: The Essential Role of Early Childhood Education Programs

Freedberg, L., Frey, S. & Tully, S. (2016, June). Promoting success for dual language learners: The essential role of early childhood education programs. Oakland, CA: EdSource. Retrieved from https://edsource.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Promoting-Success-For-Dual-Language_Learners-2016.pdf Read more»

English Language Learners Jun 30, 2016

Older Adolescent and Young Adult English Learners: A Study of Demographics, Policies, and Programs

Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Older Adolescent and Young Adult English Learners—A Study of Demographics, Policies, and Programs-Executive Summary, Washington, DC, 2016. Retrieved from https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/older-adolescent-young-adult-ell.pdf Read more»

Family Engagement/Learning Nov 30, 2013

Toyota Family Literacy Program research project: Meta analysis of the studies of high performing family literacy programs

Jeri Levesque. (n.d.) Toyota Family Literacy Program research project: Meta analysis of the studies of high performing family literacy programs. Louisville, KY: NCFL. Retrieved from http://familieslearning.org/public/uploads/editor/files/TFLP_synthesis_F33.pdf Read more»

Adult Education/Literacy Sep 30, 2013

Stepping Up to ROI in Adult Education: A Survey of State Activity

Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy: STEPPING UP TO ROI IN ADULT EDUCATION: A Survey of State Activities. Retrieved from http://www.caalusa.org/SteppingUptoROI.pdf. Read more»

Children's Language/Literacy Dec 30, 2011

Children's Schooling and Parents' Investment in Children: Evidence from the Head Start Impact Study

Gelber, A.M., & Isen, A. (2011, December). Children’s schooling and parents’ investment in children: Evidence from the Head Start impact study. (NBER Working Paper 17704). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from http://www.nber.org/papers/w17704. Read more»

Family Engagement/Learning Sep 1, 2009

Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and an Integrated Review of the Literature

Halgunseth, L. (2009, September). Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and an Integrated Review of the Literature. Young Children. Retrieved from http://www.buildinitiative.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Family%20Engagement%20Halgunseth.pdf Read more»

Children's Language/Literacy Jan 1, 2008

Developing Early Literacy

National Institute for Literacy (2008). Developing early literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. Washington, DC: author. Retrieved from https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/NELPReport09.pdf. Read more»

Workforce Readiness Oct 8, 2007

Adult Education and Postsecondary Success

Reder, S. (2007, September). Adult education and postsecondary success. New York: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED506591.pdf Read more»

Children's Language/Literacy Jan 1, 2006

The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions on Children’s Acquisition of Reading from Kindergarten to Grade 3

Senechal, M. (2006). The effect of family literacy interventions on children’s acquisition of reading: From kindergarten to grade 3. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy. Retrieved from https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/lit_interventions.pdf. Read more»

Adult Education/Literacy Dec 30, 2003

National Assessment of Adult Literacy

National Center for Education Statistics. (n.d.) What is NAAL? Washington, DC: author. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/naal/ Read more»

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NCFL Partners

Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $35 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

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PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

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Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Better World Books

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

Foundation Website

Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University