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Feb 6, 2023 I
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Celebrate Black history with NCFL!

At NCFL, we celebrate Black history and contributions all year long—but we’re especially excited to do so in February! The creation of Black History Month began in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. ...  Read more »

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Feb 2, 2023 I
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NCFL welcomes Dr. Dana Suskind and Yolie Flores for upcoming webinar

Throughout our history, NCFL's Family Learning programs have provided fertile soil for parenting adults and students to develop literacy and leadership skills. Out of our legacy work, we've developed ...  Read more »

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Jan 31, 2023 I
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NCFL launches bold new vision for equity

When the world shut down in the spring of 2020, Katlyn Rivera, a single mother living in Yuma, Arizona, lost her job and took on the role of teacher for her children. The family endured isolation and ...  Read more »

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Jan 20, 2023 I
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Upcoming webinar focuses on countering antisemitism with learning resources from USC Shoah Foundation and Wonderopolis®

Throughout the last year, NCFL has collaborated with USC Shoah Foundation to help introduce the Institute’s resources to our community of learners through Wonderopolis®, NCFL’s digital learning ...  Read more »

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Dec 19, 2022 I
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Join NCFL for a webinar on fostering heart and heritage languages in the home

Linguistically diverse families are often equipped with extraordinary language skills that allow them to navigate multiple spaces, code-switch based on their environments, and access wealth-building ...  Read more »

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Nov 21, 2022 I
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Tips for creating a welcoming environment in your classroom

Helping families and children feel comfortable in the classroom starts with intentional steps taken by educators. As we continue to celebrate National Family Literacy Month®, today we're ...  Read more »

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Nov 17, 2022 I
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Service-learning model for families receives Congressional Resolution

Creating a community garden; making the route to school safer for pedestrians; organizing donation drives to benefit elderly community members—the common thread that is woven throughout these ...  Read more »

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Nov 11, 2022 I
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Tune in Nov. 17 for strategies to foster equitable family engagement

In collaboration with the Louisville, Kentucky-based Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), NCFL and stakeholders produced an Equity ...  Read more »

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Oct 26, 2022 I
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2023 Families Learning Conference heads to the Cornhusker State

NCFL is thrilled to announce that Omaha, Nebraska is the location of our 2023 Families Learning Conference! Mark your calendars on October 23-25 for our fully in-person annual event. Known for its ...  Read more »

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Oct 17, 2022 I
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Join NCFL for in-person professional development this fall

The hybrid 2022 Families Learning Conference kicks off virtually Oct. 25-26! After the virtual portion, NCFL and our partners are delivering training in family literacy, family engagement, and family ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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Toyota

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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