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Jun 1, 2021 I
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Family and Child Education program celebrates 30 years

This year, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) celebrate 30 years of service and learning in the Family and Child Education (FACE) program. FACE, a ...  Read more »

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May 19, 2020 I
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FACE program site using technology, household items to promote distance learning

Partners all across the country continue to adapt and innovate during COVID-19. As a result of school closures in North Dakota, NCFL Family and Child Education (FACE) program site Dunseith ...  Read more »

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May 11, 2017 I
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Lawmakers keep education as essential operations in fiscal year 2017 budget

NCFL is happy to report that legislators in Washington recognized your continued hard work and support for family literacy and early childhood education. [caption id="attachment_10003" ...  Read more »

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May 31, 2016 I
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A Q&A with William A. Mehojah, Jr.

William Mehojah, Jr. (Bill) is a member of the Kaw Nation in Oklahoma and is past Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs. He worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the ...  Read more »

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NCFL and the FACE Program Celebrate 25 Years | Part 2

By Margo Waddell In 1990, the Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP), now the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), developed a groundbreaking early childhood/parental involvement program in BIE ...  Read more »

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Dec 14, 2015 I
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NCFL celebrates 25 years of FACE partnerships | Part 1

by Sharon Darling This year the National Center for Families Learning celebrates a 25-year partnership with the Bureau of Indian Education to provide the Family and Child Education (FACE) program ...  Read more »

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Mar 31, 2014 I
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NCFL to develop new pre-K program

FACE results inspire new culturally-sensitive approach to pre-K curriculum  The FACE (Family and Child Education) program is based on the family literacy and family engagement model developed by ...  Read more »

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Sep 4, 2013 I
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Father and son learn and grow together through FACE Program

[caption id="attachment_8145" align="alignleft" width="300"] Henry and son[/caption] Meet Henry, a Native American enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He and his wife, Darlene, have a son, Adam, ...  Read more »

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FACE Parent Essay Winner #6

Today is the final installment of our FACE Parent Essay winners.  We hope you've enjoyed reading them and learning more about the participants and how FACE touches so many lives! Crystal ...  Read more »

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FACE Parent Essay Winner #5

Visaria C. Apachito To'Hajiilee FACE Program ... At times, I would think that some of the stuff I was teaching Alyce was too advanced for her age. Little did I know, she was grasping on to the ...  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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