2-Generation Learning

Toyota Family Learning

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991 and has since funded 280 program sites in 56 cities and 31 states based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. Major programs developed through the NCFL-Toyota partnership have influenced federal and state legislation and leveraged millions of dollars in additional funding to replicate, sustain, and grow family literacy programming.

Most recently, the NCFL-Toyota partnership is helping families across the country forge a new movement of families learning together, gaining new skills, contributing to their communities, and sharing what they've learned with other families—within and also beyond school walls, on the go, and using technology.



Toyota Family Learning is a six-year, multi-generational initiative to address today's educational challenges — both online and on the ground.

Toyota Family Learning is built on these four cornerstones: Parent Time, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®, Family Service Learning, and Family Mentoring. To date, 16 Toyota Family Learning communities have received $175,000 grants to implement online and offline intergenerational learning programs for vulnerable families. Each grantee hosts at least three major Family Service Learning [ learn more] projects per year; NCFL knows that when children and families solve community issues together, they are simultaneously learning and applying 21st century college and career readiness skills. To date participating families have spent more than 28,000 hours learning and serving together. Click here to read the results of Goodling Institute for Family Literacy at Penn State University's independent evaluation of 2014-15 Toyota Family Learning programming, which served 296 predominately low-income families (including 860 children).

Family Trails is the mobile learning arm of Toyota Family Learning. Building upon NCFL's Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time, Family Trails is designed to inspire parents and children to use family time for learning—starting from a place of inspiration and adventure, sparking activity and inspiring connection. Family Trails has reached families in 50 states, 19 countries, and captured the attention of more than 625,000 on Instagram and Twitter since its debut in June 2015.


Established in 2003, these programs address the growing educational needs of Hispanic and other immigrant families by increasing English language and literacy skills for adults while also supporting their involvement in their children's education. Download a copy of a meta-analysis of the studies of high performing family literacy programs.


The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award has been presented annually since 1997 and recognizes individual teachers, librarians, or community leaders' contributions to improving literacy among youth and adults. The 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award was presented to Mary Andrews for her innovative family engagement efforts in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Learn more about her practice.


Established in 1998, Toyota Families in Schools was designed to increase achievement of at-risk children from ages 5-12 by implementing strong family literacy services in elementary schools. The program, which was implemented in 15 communities, emphasizes parents' roles as learners as well as supporters of their children's education.


Established in 1991, Toyota Families for Learning was created as an innovative approach to improving the education of preschool children and increasing economic stability within our country's most disadvantaged communities. A total of 20 communities participated in this national program.

Lasting Influence

All NCFL-Toyota program communities are seeded with grant funding for three years, while building local funding collaborations to replicate and sustain their operation after that three-year period has passed. Grantees have expanded to additional sites and sustained services by adding more than $105 million to the initial investment. Los Angeles, New York and Providence alone have leveraged almost $27 million to replicate family literacy. The combined investment leveraged in other cities, some of which spans an 18-year program implementation, includes federal dollars and private funding from local foundations. Through collaborative partnerships with local universities and colleges, adult education services have been funded. These efforts, combined with in-kind dollars and services, have multiplied the efforts of the Toyota/NCFL partnership.

In addition to a commitment of more than $46 million to establish model literacy programs throughout the country, 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.