This October, the Families Learning Conference will bring a wide array of professional development opportunities to attendees. From now until July 15, save 20% and register at $399! Find all the details you need to know at conference.familieslearning.org. Our schedule of over 100 concurrent sessions is being finalized, but in the meantime, here are three sessions you definitely won’t want to miss: Opening Keynote Speaker Deborah Phelps Enjoy listening to a spirited message to moms and families from Deborah Phelps, award-winning educator, best-selling author, and proud parent of three children, including gold medalist, Michael Phelps. Ms. Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic, and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience. In addition to being a highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps is the executive director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. We’re so excited for Ms. Phelps to kick off our conference on Monday, October 9! Live webcast: Family Engagement in Libraries: Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten What role does a library play in a child’s transition to kindergarten and how is that role changing? Hear insights from Susan Benton, president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Dr. Margaret Caspe, senior research analyst for the Global Family Research Project, and Dr. Josh Cramer, vice president of NCFL. Brought to the Conference by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this live webcast session on Monday, October 9, is sponsored by Better World Books. Networking, coffee, and breakfast powered by GED Testing Service® Start Tuesday, October 10, off with an energizing breakfast and discussion with GED Testing Service® CEO, Randy Trask. Got a burning question in adult education? Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of one of the premier minds in adult education both in person and using the hashtag #AskRandyTrask on Twitter. Ready to plan your trip to the Families Learning Conference? Register and make hotel arrangements at conference.familieslearning.org!
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
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.Foundation Website