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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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Apr 19, 2016 I
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Application for $20,000 Family Teacher of the Year Award Now Open

NCFL has issued a call for nominations to find this year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among ...  Read more »

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Nov 13, 2015 I
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Save the Date | 2016 Families Learning Summit

We're excited to announce our next Families Learning Summit will be held October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. The Comeback City is a leader in technology, medicine, ...  Read more »

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Mar 11, 2015 I
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Changing History: How one high school teacher is taking her message straight to families’ homes

[caption id="attachment_9058" align="alignright" width="300"] Watch Kristin Whitaker learn she was awarded $20,000 and learn she was named 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.[/caption] When high ...  Read more »

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Families Learning Summit: 11 Reasons Why

The 2015 Families Learning Summit is 2 months away! Here are 11 reasons you won’t want to miss it: Seven in-depth and keynote presentations that will inspire, announce new opportunities, ...  Read more »

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A Year in Review: 2014 Teacher of the Year

Reflections from Elizabeth Atack, Nashville Public Library program manager The entire Toyota Family Teacher of the Year process was a whirlwind! In January, I learned that my boss had ...  Read more »

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Nov 6, 2014 I
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Families Learning Summit: Student Speaker Nominations

NCFL is looking for family literacy program students to share their stories and insights at our annual Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas. We are particularly interested in students who have ...  Read more »

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Oct 30, 2014 I
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We’re looking for next year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year!

The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award celebrates teachers who are dedicated to including more than one generation in the educational process. An exemplary educator’s school or program will ...  Read more »

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Sep 9, 2014 I
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Families Learning Summit: How to get involved

Attention! NCFL is looking for education experts, researchers, and successful family literacy practitioners to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas, ...  Read more »

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Jul 15, 2013 I
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It’s official! The National Conference on Family Literacy is headed to the capital!

At the 2013 Conference, we all adopted the mantra of EepyBird: Be obsessive! Be Stubborn! Be Extreme! What will be our mantra next year? Join us to find out February 17-19, 2014, at the nation’s ...  Read more »

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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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