Family Learning Communities

We believe that when parents and children are engaged in learning together, the whole family benefits. That’s why we create Family Learning Communities–multigenerational education programs that leverage existing community assets to improve family trajectories.

What Is a Family Learning Community?

Family Learning Communities are dependent upon coalitions of institutions, organizations, community members, and families who engage in deep, comprehensive work bringing together a continuum of programs and resources— spanning birth through adulthood—in family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership.


These intentional efforts will create learning opportunities, build capacity, and strengthen partnerships across our nation with and for children and families who are farthest from opportunity.

Key Elements of Our Family Learning Systems

Family Literacy

Family Literacy supports families in building literacy, technology, and workforce skills—essential qualities for success and well-being.

With Family Literacy, children learn to read on grade level and attend more days of school. Parents are taught how to develop job skills and confidence and help their children learn at home.

Family Engagement

Family engagement is a bridge to support educators, families, and the community. It involves building collaborative and meaningful partnerships that enhance student learning outcomes.

By engaging families, schools, and practitioners, innovative and equitable educational experiences can be accessible to all.

Family Leadership

Family Leadership helps parents create environments where the whole family thrives.

Our leadership initiatives incorporate service learning activities designed to give parents leadership, advocacy, and workforce development skills.

Family Learning Community Collaborative

To accomplish our ambitious 60×30 Vision, NCFL partners with a group of like-minded, innovative organizations who can assist in bringing resources and assets to communities to advance educational attainment and economic prosperity.