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The Foxboro Reporter

Dec 27, 2016 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).

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Herald-Whig

Dec 19, 2016 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."

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The Detroit News

Dec 15, 2016 “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.

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Cincinnati Enquirer

Dec 6, 2016 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.

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Bustle

Nov 28, 2016 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.

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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Nov 25, 2016 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.

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The Santa Clara Weekly

Nov 9, 2016 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.

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Michigan Chronicle

Nov 9, 2016 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.

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Half Moon Bay Review

Nov 8, 2016 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.

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Detroit Free Press

Oct 24, 2016 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.

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Detroit Free Press

Oct 18, 2016 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."

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The Mercury News

Oct 15, 2016 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.

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Toyota USA Newsroom

Oct 13, 2016 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.

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Weymouth News

Oct 13, 2016 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.

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United States Senate

Sep 19, 2016 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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National Center for Families Learning

Sep 13, 2016 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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The Monitor

Aug 2, 2016 “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).

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Huffington Post Blog

Jul 18, 2016 #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.

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Philanthropy News Digest

Jul 6, 2016 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.

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WDRB 41 Louisville

Jun 27, 2016 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.

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Huffington Post Blog

Jun 15, 2016 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.

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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

May 27, 2016 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.

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Huffington Post

May 24, 2016 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.

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Middle Web

May 15, 2016 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...

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Wave 3 Louisville

May 12, 2016 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.

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Dallas News

May 10, 2016 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.)

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Sun Sentinel

May 6, 2016 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.

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Plano Profile

Apr 16, 2016 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.

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WHNT 19 Huntsville

Apr 7, 2016 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.

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American Towns

Mar 31, 2016 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.

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Broward County Public School System

Mar 30, 2016 Video footage of the official news conference of the unveiling of Toyota Family Learning Prorgram

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WDRB 41 Louisville

Mar 23, 2016 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.

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Las Vegas Now

Mar 11, 2016 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.

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The News Wheel

Mar 1, 2016 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.

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The Dallas Morning News

Feb 26, 2016 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.

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Providence Journal

Dec 9, 2015 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.

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The Tennessean

Nov 30, 2015 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."

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Toyota News

Nov 24, 2015 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.

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The Nerdy Book Club

Nov 15, 2015 "The House That Reading Built" by Donalyn Miller

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WOMMY Awards (Toyota Family Trails)

Nov 3, 2015 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.

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Education World

Nov 2, 2015 Family Literacy Initiatives Focus on Creating Strong Support System for Children Learning to Read

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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky)

Oct 22, 2015 Wonderopolis aims to engage kids in reading

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The White House

Oct 15, 2015 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.

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ASCD

Oct 15, 2015 Principal Josh Patterson discusses how his school's teachers used Wonderopolis to create a culture of inquiry to fuel learning.

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WQED

Aug 1, 2015 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.

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Cincinnati Enquirer

Jun 13, 2015 New Idea: Families that Learn Together -- An op-ed from Beech Acres CEO Jim Mason.

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Wisconsin Watchdog

Jun 10, 2015 Parents graduate from a Milwaukee charter school’s Toyota Family Learning program

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Soapbox Cincinnati

Jun 2, 2015 Beech Acres helps school families navigate parenthood via Toyota Family Learning

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News 12 The Bronx

May 19, 2015 Toyota Family Learning parents at East Side House complete leadership workshops

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FOX28 - WSJV | Indiana

May 18, 2015 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.

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KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)

May 16, 2015 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.

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KLKN-TV ABC 8 (Lincoln)

May 14, 2015 "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.

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U.S. Department of Education

May 12, 2015 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.

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The Christian Science Monitor

May 10, 2015 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.

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Bronx Times

Apr 24, 2015 [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.

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Mott Haven Herald

Apr 22, 2015 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.

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Parental engagement vital in education

Apr 12, 2015 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.

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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

Apr 6, 2015 Wonderopolis keeps students engaged during Spring and Summer break

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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

Mar 23, 2015 VP Emily Kirkpatrick and Creative Director Jon Reigelman share Wonderopolis resources, fossil experiments, and local learning opportunities.

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Washington Post

Mar 22, 2015 Feature on Kristen Whitaker, NCFL's 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award recipient, and her home-visiting practices, its benefits.

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Business First Louisville

Feb 19, 2015 Louisville nonprofit launches app, Renegade Buggies, to improve financial literacy for families.

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WAVE 3 News: Louisville, Ky

Feb 18, 2015 Jefferson County Public Schools tackle snow-day brain drain with at-home Wonderopolis activities

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WHAS 11 News: Louisville, Ky.

Feb 18, 2015 NCFL, Jefferson County Public Schools encourage students to learn despite snow day.

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WDRB Fox News: Louisville, Ky.

Feb 17, 2015 Local school system encourages families to use NCFL's Wonderopolis to enhance learning at home during snow days.

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SmartBlogs: One district’s approach to ELL instruction

Feb 5, 2015 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.

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Wisconsin Reporter

Feb 2, 2015 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.

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WDRB Fox Morning News

Jan 13, 2015 Wonderopolis hopes to spark curiosity when students have time to flex their imagination.

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The Denver Post

Dec 4, 2014 Metropolitan State University's family education program wins Toyota Family Learning grant to integrate, add support

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Wisconsin Reporter

Nov 26, 2014 Milwaukee charter school wins national family learning grant

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The Providence Journal

Nov 22, 2014 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.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nov 19, 2014 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.

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Five Foods You Hate as a Kid But Love as an Adult

Nov 11, 2014 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.”

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CBS New York

Oct 22, 2014 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.

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New Albany News and Tribune

Oct 11, 2014 Greater Clark (Indiana) approves pilot program for non-English speakers, Families Reading & Talking Together, run by NCFL.

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The Daily Ardmoreite

Sep 29, 2014 NCFL joins Ardmore City Schools for literacy nights with a focus on reading with use of myON technology.

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Education World

Sep 21, 2014 NCFL survey reveals nearly half of U.S. parents dread sending their children back to school.

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EdSurge

Aug 26, 2014 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.

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Education Week

Aug 20, 2014 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.

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Tristate News [Evansville, IN]

Aug 15, 2014 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.

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Louisville Business First

Aug 13, 2014 NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick named one of 20 people to know in education. Read her full Q&A here.

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Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

Aug 8, 2014 For CTL's 20th Anniversary guest blog series, Sharon Darling writes about the importance of seeking a broader view of family engagement.

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Education Week

Aug 6, 2014 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."

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The Washington Post

Aug 3, 2014 An in-depth look at NCFL's Founder Sharon Darling's concept of dual-generation learning at work in a D.C. charter school.

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Phoenix Magazine

Aug 1, 2014 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.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jul 24, 2014 "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.

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Parenting Beyond!

Jul 21, 2014 Camp Wonderoplis At The Kenton County Public Library. Guest Post by KCPL Children’s Programmer/Librarian; Krista King-Oaks.

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The Little Things

Jul 10, 2014 Great review (and photos!) of the ever-popular Camp Wonderopolis events in Northern Kentucky at the Kenton County Public Library.

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WHNS (FOX) - Greenville, SC - Morning News @ 7

Jul 7, 2014 WHNS (FOX) in Greenville, SC lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a "a great on-line summer camp" and encouraged viewers to sign up. "There are lots of educational and colorful activities your kids can take part in to enhance learning. They have sections like the Wonder Zoo, the Wonder Amusement Park, and the Wonder Woods..."

Cincinnati's WLWT5-NBC

Jul 5, 2014 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.

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Imagination Soup

Jun 18, 2014 Camp Wonderopolis joins a reputable list of Virtual Summer Camps.

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Cranston Herald

Jun 18, 2014 Toyota Family Learning's Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island works with families to strengthen reading, language skills.

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Good Morning America Live!

Jun 17, 2014 Campers and Counselors from Camp Wonderopolis were invited on the set of GMA Live! to talk about Camp and eat Twinkies.

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Providence Journal

Jun 12, 2014 DIIRI Director Kathleen Cloutier: Engaging immigrant families in schools with Toyota Family Learning

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EdCentral.org

Jun 11, 2014 EdCentral reporter writes, "Innovative programs like Camp Wonderopolis™ provide families the opportunity to attend an online educational summer camp at no cost."

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Mommies with Style

May 29, 2014 Mom blogger lauded Camp Wonderopolis as a fun and free way to prevent summer brain drain,

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7 Kids and Us

May 27, 2014 Mom Bloggers Casey and Paige review NCFL's FamilyTimeMachine.com and share its activities and ideas for family fun time.

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Lincoln Public Schools

May 14, 2014 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.

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MiddleWeb

May 13, 2014 MiddleWeb lauds Camp Wonderopolis as a good "Beyond Reading" tool in its "Cool Summer Reading for Kids: 2014 Resources!" roundup.

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The DC Moms

May 2, 2014 During a family road trip to North Carolina, The DC Moms' blogger discovers NCFL's Family Time Machine.

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Providence Business News

Apr 14, 2014 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.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Mar 29, 2014 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.

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School Library Journal

Mar 28, 2014 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.

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BAM Radio

Mar 27, 2014 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.

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The Daily Breeze

Mar 22, 2014 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.

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KET College & Career Ready News

Mar 12, 2014 KET, the largest PBS affiliate in the US, reports on the Family Time Machine and the reasons behind NCFL's recent name change.

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TakePart

Mar 10, 2014 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.

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Houston Community Newspapers

Mar 7, 2014 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."

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TeachMama.com [Video]

Feb 28, 2014 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.

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The Daily Breeze

Feb 23, 2014 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.

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Ed Central

Feb 21, 2014 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.

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Brain Burps about Books with Katie Davis

Feb 21, 2014 Writerpreneur Katie Davis discusses Wonderopolis with NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick.

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Babble.com

Feb 20, 2014 Wonderopolis and the Family Time Machine named in TechSavvyMama Leticia Barr's "7 Educational Sites That Inspire Learning at Home"

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Providence Journal

Feb 19, 2014 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.

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The Tennessean

Feb 18, 2014 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.

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Education Week

Feb 13, 2014 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.

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The Daily Ardmoreite

Jan 27, 2014 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.

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Education Week

Jan 6, 2014 NCFL Vice President encourages parents to trust their own parenting abilities, instincts when supporting family learning.

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Lifehack.org

Dec 17, 2013 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

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Toyota Family Literacy Program Research

Dec 15, 2013 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.

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Citizens for a Digital Future

Nov 22, 2013 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.

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Business Journal

Nov 5, 2013 Family literacy center changes name, maintains mission

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Houston Chronicle

Sep 17, 2013 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.

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Education Week

Sep 17, 2013 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.

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Long Beach Press-Telegram

Jun 1, 2013 Carolyn Blocker, 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year, and her organization are recognized in this article.

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Wired.com's GeekDad

May 19, 2013 Geek Dad’s Daniel Donahoo profiles the redesigned Wonderopolis website and includes examples of how teachers, students, and families use the site to learn.

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U.S. Department of Education Blog

May 9, 2013 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.

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The Courier-Journal

Apr 27, 2013 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.

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Scholastic Instructor

Dec 31, 2012 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.

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