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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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Nov 19, 2018 I
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Recording now available of Innovative Programming Beyond Library Walls

Libraries and their staffs are working tirelessly to serve families where they live, work, and play within their communities. On September 25 at the 2018 Families Learning Conference, the National ...  Read more »

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Dec 22, 2011 I
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Past Libraries and Families Award winner Dallas Public Library releases new early literacy video

One of NCFL’s innovative library partners, the Dallas Public Library, recently released a great new video to help extend the reach of its Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas program. Lily’s Book ...  Read more »

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Nov 15, 2011 I
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Apply for the 2012 Libraries and Families Award

Do you have a great library literacy program that serves families or an innovative plan to start one? NCFL invites libraries nationwide to apply for the 2012 Libraries and Families Award, made ...  Read more »

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Oct 18, 2011 I
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NCFL teams up with Southern California McDonald's for family literacy library program

[caption id="attachment_3116" align="alignleft" width="270" caption="Children display their finger puppets and flashlights at the Bret Harte Library in Long Beach, Calif., in August ...  Read more »

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Apr 15, 2011 I
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Congratulations to the 2011 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award winners

Through the Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award, NCFL and Better World Books reward and enhance existing family programming and expand literacy-building practices of families in ...  Read more »

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Nov 5, 2010 I
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One week left! Deadline for Libraries and Families Award fast approaching

Don't forget: Applications for the 2011 Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Families Award are due Friday, November 12. NCFL and Better World Books will give three $10,000 grants to help ...  Read more »

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Recognize libraries' contribution to family literacy

While celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week — September 13 through 19 — it's important to recognize the role that libraries can play with family literacy. ...  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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