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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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Nov 1, 2021 I
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Congress promotes NCFL’s Family Service Learning initiative

Family Service Learning, a framework that facilitates family-generated community service projects, was recognized today by Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Van Taylor (R-TX) and Senators John ...  Read more »

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Oct 29, 2021 I
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New NCFL podcast series highlights families’ power to create change in their communities through Family Service Learning

“Families are powerful. They do care. And they can support their children.” -- That’s the message of the National Center for Families Learning’s new podcast series launching today. NCFL is ...  Read more »

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Oct 27, 2021 I
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Broward County educator named national Family Teacher of the Year

Manoucheka Dolcine of Broward County, Florida has been selected for the top family engagement honor in the nation as she was named the 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year through a surprise ...  Read more »

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Oct 15, 2021 I
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Free NCFL webinars for 2021-22 school year announced

Mark your calendars—we’ve just announced our next line up of webinars, the first of which airs next week, Thursday, October 21. Click the links to register today! Activating Family ...  Read more »

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Jun 15, 2021 I
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Nominations open for 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Classrooms across the country faced unique challenges and uncertainties this school year, but still teachers discovered new and meaningful ways to reach their students each and every day. As the ...  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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