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Oct 19, 2020 I
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Join NCFL in learning about the impact of converging exponential technologies on families

Amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, the world evolves faster than ever before. Though humankind has always tended toward progress, our modern-day developments have fast-tracked this rate of ...  Read more »

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Aug 25, 2020 I
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NCFL awarded grant to increase Latinx participation in libraries

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have been selected to lead an initiative aimed at increasing Latinx parent participation in U.S. ...  Read more »

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Jun 10, 2020 I
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NCFL selected by national grant competition to develop podcast series

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been selected to develop a national podcast series to help broaden our country’s conversation about poverty and economic mobility. Today, NCFL ...  Read more »

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Mar 23, 2020 I
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Nominations now being accepted for 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. —Henry Brooks Adams We are all impacted by teachers. From our early years to adolescence and beyond, the teachers in ...  Read more »

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Oct 24, 2018 I
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Word up: new initiative aims to give low-income children better chance at academic success by closing word gap

Half of Jefferson County, Kentucky, children lack the basic skills and knowledge to begin kindergarten. The PNC Foundation, Lift A Life Foundation, National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), ...  Read more »

Oct 9, 2018 I
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New statewide centers to focus on student achievement gap

Across the U.S., there’s a gap between the academic achievement of students living in poverty and those who have never lived in poverty. The latest Nation’s Report Card (2017 National Assessment ...  Read more »

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Mar 21, 2018 I
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Exciting news from Toyota Family Learning partners

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to share the good work that our partners are doing throughout the country in Toyota Family Learning programs. In short, over the 2016-2017 ...  Read more »

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Mar 15, 2018 I
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Nominations now accepted for the next Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking educators to be nominated for the 2018 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. This esteemed award recognizes the positive impact of ...  Read more »

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Nov 27, 2017 I
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Program Spotlight: Using personal experience to help newcomers to the United States

In this guest post, Ashley Boyd Pierce, adult education ESL program specialist and instructor for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, shares her program's Family Service ...  Read more »

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Nov 17, 2017 I
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NCFL and Search Institute partner to strengthen relationships in the lives of youth

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been selected to partner with Search Institute to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in ...  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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