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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 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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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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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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Jun 6, 2022 I
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Arizona partners collaborate to support families in learning together

In 2018, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) received federal funding to launch Arizona’s first Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) to increase parent involvement and academic ...  Read more »

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Apr 26, 2022 I
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Reminder: Nominations are due May 6th for the next Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

In case you missed it, the search is on for the next Toyota Family Teacher of the Year! For 26 years, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota have partnered to recognize school- ...  Read more »

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Apr 1, 2022 I
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Nominations now accepted for the 2022 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

The search is on for the next Toyota Family Teacher of the Year! For 26 years, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota have partnered to recognize school- and community-based ...  Read more »

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Mar 8, 2022 I
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NCFL’s new project engages JCPS students and families in wonder, immersive learning, and service

What happens when we combine inquiry-based science education, virtual reality, and family engagement? Students and their families at several Louisville, Kentucky schools will find out soon. The ...  Read more »

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Feb 9, 2022 I
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NCFL’s Activate! National Network brings families and practitioners together for early childhood advocacy

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to launch and facilitate the Activate! National Early Childhood Advocacy Network. This program is designed to center Black, Indigenous, and ...  Read more »

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Dec 2, 2021 I
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NCFL and Toyota support literacy through nationwide book distribution

Longtime partners NCFL and Toyota are spotlighting the importance of literacy by distributing more than 85,000 books to 2,000 families nationwide. The effort ties into Toyota’s holiday ad ...  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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