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Sep 27, 2022 I
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At the Heart of Family Learning: Fostering collaborative partnerships for learning systems

In Dr. Dana Suskind’s recent book, “Parent Nation” she writes, “Real, essential change will occur only when there is a concerted, collective, national effort to bring it about” (p. 23). In ...  Read more »

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Sep 21, 2022 I
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Activate! National cohort develops social media advocacy toolkit

The first cohort of the Activate! National Early Childhood Advocacy Network has wrapped up their yearlong exploration of equity in early childhood systems. Activate! National is NCFL’s family ...  Read more »

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Sep 18, 2022 I
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Four ways to celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 18-24 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and NCFL is joining our partners in the field to celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of family learning.  According to ...  Read more »

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Sep 13, 2022 I
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NCFL to lead new Statewide Family Engagement Center in Colorado

The U.S. Department of Education has selected the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to create and lead the Colorado Statewide Family Engagement Center (CO SFEC). In partnership with ...  Read more »

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Sep 8, 2022 I
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Flash sale and sessions announced for the 2022 Families Learning Conference

The schedule for the virtual portion of the 2022 Families Learning Conference is published, and more sessions are being added each week! Look who’s signed on now, or keep reading for the highlights ...  Read more »

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Aug 25, 2022 I
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At the Heart of Family Learning: The start of the school year brings potential for engaging families

Greetings to the NCFL community of families, educators, and practitioners. After taking a break in July, I’m eager to resume my monthly blog, just in time for the start of school! This time of year ...  Read more »

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Aug 23, 2022 I

The Equity Lab names Leslie Wilson and Cindy Baumert Nexus Fellows

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce that two staff members have been selected for the Equity Lab's transformative Nexus Fellowship. Leslie Wilson and Cindy ...  Read more »

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Aug 22, 2022 I
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Two weeks left to join NCFL's national equity-focused program

Only two weeks remain to apply for the next cohort of the Activate! National Early Childhood Advocacy Network, an initiative of NCFL focused on improving equity in areas most affecting ...  Read more »

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Aug 11, 2022 I
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Four reasons your peers are attending the 2022 Families Learning Conference

The 2022 Families Learning Conference will be here before we know it, and we can’t wait to engage with attendees! #NCFL22 is for passionate people looking for innovative family learning strategies ...  Read more »

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Jul 28, 2022 I
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NCFL begins recruiting the next cohort of the Activate! National Network

Recruitment has begun for the next cohort of the Activate! National Early Childhood Advocacy Network, an initiative of NCFL focused on improving equity in areas most affecting families furthest ...  Read more »

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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

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, it has invested in our organization’s Sharon Darling Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

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 guide potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers in their communities.

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®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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, most recently in Louisville, Kentucky, to support Say & Play with Words, our pre-Kindergarten vocabulary-building initiative.

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.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

U.S. Department of Education

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 12 grantees and 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement systemic evidenced-based family engagement strategies. NCFL was selected to lead SFECs in two states, Arizona and Nebraska, and is a primary partner for two other SFECs in Kentucky and Maryland/Pennsylvania. 

The SFECs work to support family engagement through state- and local-level agencies while providing both professional development to school districts and direct services to families related to children’s academic outcomes and overall well-being.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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