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Oct 23, 2018 I
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$1,000 grant opportunity available now from the National Literacy Directory

In honor of National Family Literacy Month in November, the National Literacy Directory (NLD)'s latest $1,000 Innovation Grant seeks to recognize and support programs with innovative solutions ...  Read more »

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May 29, 2018 I
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Win funding to attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference

The National Literacy Directory continues its Innovation Grant series with funding to attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference. This latest round of funding will send a representative from two ...  Read more »

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National Literacy Directory announces next funding round for literacy and education programs

The National Literacy Directory has opened a new round of funding in its Innovation Grants series. Two $1,000 grants are available to literacy and education programs with up-to-date member profiles ...  Read more »

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Jan 29, 2018 I
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A new look keeps the National Literacy Directory moving forward

The National Literacy Directory has a fresh face for 2018! The National Literacy Directory assists potential students and volunteers in locating nearby educational programs and services, while also ...  Read more »

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Jan 17, 2018 I
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Funding available to attend COABE Conference 2018

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) recognizes the opportunities literacy and learning organizations provide and the challenges that are faced when working to make real and lasting ...  Read more »

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Sep 28, 2017 I
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Apply for an Innovation Grant for your literacy program

The National Literacy Directory is again rewarding innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. In anticipation of National Family Literacy Month ...  Read more »

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National Literacy Directory grant offers scholarship to Families Learning Conference 2017

The National Literacy Directory recently announced its latest Innovation Grant opportunity: a representative from two literacy/education programs will receive scholarships covering the registration ...  Read more »

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Nevada's ESL in-home program is a "lifeline" to many

The English as a Second Language In-Home Program of Northern Nevada, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative efforts to meet ...  Read more »

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May 31, 2017 I
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Creating community ‘connections’

Reading Connections, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was recognized by the National Literacy Directory for its creative solution to a common literacy challenge: creating an authentic and ...  Read more »

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May 25, 2017 I
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“Putting education to work” in Wisconsin

NCFL is always amazed at the stories and strategies of success that come pouring from the National Literacy Directory’s literacy and learning organizations each time it accepts Innovation Grant ...  Read more »

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Toyota Family Learning Program

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, they invested in the organization’s 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 reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

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 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

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

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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Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University