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Oct 24, 2021 I
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NCFL founder receives Dyer Pearl Literacy Award for exemplary work in family literacy

Following an inspirational keynote address from our nation’s First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Sharon Darling, founder of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), was given the distinction of ...  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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Sep 20, 2021 I
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Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith named president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

After a nationwide search, Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith will start as NCFL’s new president on September 27, 2021. A lifelong educator and national thought leader for teaching and learning, Dr. Smith ...  Read more »

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Sep 5, 2021 I
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Half Price Books supports NCFL during September’s National Literacy Month

Half Price Books has long supported the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), and we’re happy to announce their support continues this year during the month of September in celebration of ...  Read more »

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Aug 9, 2021 I
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Sharon Darling to retire as President of the National Center for Families Learning

More than three decades after founding the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Sharon Darling will retire from her role as President at the end of 2021.  Sharon Darling with one of ...  Read more »

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Jun 22, 2021 I
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Wonderopolis® introduces new Explorer Program

Wonderopolis®, a digital property of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) that has welcomed more than 70 million visitors over the past decade, is taking hands-on learning to a new level ...  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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Apr 26, 2021 I
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Thank a teacher

Teachers mean the world to us, and this year they have faced extraordinary challenges and found new and meaningful ways to reach their students. Many have played additional roles in their students’ ...  Read more »

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Nov 30, 2020 I
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Statewide Family Engagement Centers making strategic, widespread impact amid pandemic

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement ...  Read more »

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Oct 27, 2020 I
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Extraordinary educators named 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, runner-up

Two remarkable educators who have dedicated their lives to engaging families in education have been named the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year and runner-up. Leila Kubesch, a Norwood City ...  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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