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Jul 16, 2019 I
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Tips [and a template!] for making your case to attend the 2019 Families Learning Conference

This November 4-6, the Families Learning Conference is returning to Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning! We want YOU to join our ...  Read more »

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Jul 10, 2019 I
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Guest post: How parents help their children to become readers

The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This post is authored by Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University ...  Read more »

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Jun 28, 2019 I
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Sessions and speakers added to the 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule!

The 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule of sessions has been published and we’re excited for what’s in store! This year, the Conference will offer concurrent sessions in seven content ...  Read more »

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Jun 21, 2019 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: From family involvement to family engagement

What does learning look like? Picture two classrooms. In Classroom A, students sit at desks arranged in straight rows facing the board. They listen as a teacher imparts their wisdom. Some take notes. ...  Read more »

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Jun 13, 2019 I
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Setting an example: Young children motivating their parents to earn a GED® diploma

Parents and guardians are the first, and often remain the primary, influencer when it comes to how children feel about education and what personal and professional goals they set at an early ...  Read more »

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Jun 10, 2019 I
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Promoting self-efficacy: Recognizing and reinforcing success

In NCFL’s “Meta Analysis of the Studies of High Performing Family Literacy Programs” (2013), eight elements were credited for program success: Quality Teachers Parent and Child Together® ...  Read more »

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Jun 6, 2019 I
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Look who’s kicking off the 2019 Families Learning Conference!

It’s official—Dr. Karen L. Mapp will join the 2019 Families Learning Conference mainstage at our Opening Session Monday, Nov. 4, 2019! Dr. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the ...  Read more »

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May 9, 2019 I
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Why attend #NCFL19? Hear from your peers!

This year is a BIG year for the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)—we’re celebrating 30 years of helping families get out of poverty! For nearly as long, we’ve also hosted the ...  Read more »

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Apr 23, 2019 I
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Pre-conference session with Tim Shanahan added to 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to present a pre-conference session on early childhood reading achievement ahead of the 2019 Families Learning Conference! The session will ...  Read more »

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Apr 11, 2019 I
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Promoting Self-Efficacy: Scaffolding

Think about the last time you learned something new. Did you jump right in and immediately understand the new concept? Probably not. More likely, you used a number of strategies to help you learn. ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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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 $50 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.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

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®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

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.

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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.

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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.

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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