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Feb 1, 2013 I
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Reading by Third Grade: Thinking Beyond Retention

Robert E. Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, wrote a column for The Huffington Post on the importance of using appropriate, ...  Read more »

Jan 24, 2013 I
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There's still time to apply for the Toyota Teacher of the Year award

Do you know an educator making an impact on the lives of learners through family engagement? Maybe he’s the teacher working with English language learners at your community center. Or she’s the ...  Read more »

Jan 7, 2013 I
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Family Literacy Certificate Course begins January 9th, enroll today!

The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University and NCFL are pleased to announce the offering of the Family Literacy Certificate course, ADTED 456: Introduction to ...  Read more »

Dec 10, 2012 I
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Pioneering Literacy<p><h5>New Campaign for Grade-Level Reading report seeks to help parents and teachers utilize technology in the digital age</h5></p>

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators, a new report from The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, is a must read for educators and community leaders. It ...  Read more »

Nov 20, 2012 I
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Reading Is A Family Affair <p><h2>By Sydette Watlington</h2></p>

Sydette Watlington is the mother of first grader Syerra Watlington who attends Brooks Global Studies in Guilford County Schools. She believes reading as a family is crucial to the long-term success ...  Read more »

Nov 8, 2012 I
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National Family Literacy Month<sup>®</sup><p>Setting an example for ourselves and the world</p>

NCFL shares a common vision with our partner, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy — making families strong through literacy. Here are some thoughts from Mrs. Barbara Bush as we ...  Read more »

Nov 1, 2012 I
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NCFL celebrates National Family Literacy Day®

"Education is much more than schooling. It is the whole range of activities by which families and communities transmit to a younger generation, not just knowledge and skills, but ethical and ...  Read more »

Oct 15, 2012 I

National Family Literacy Day 2012

Education advocates around the nation celebrate National Family Literacy Day® and National Family Literacy Month® by organizing and conducting literacy events that promote family literacy and ...  Read more »

Oct 11, 2012 I
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Acclaimed Author and NCFL Advisory Board Member Monica Holloway's October Speaking Tour to Benefit NCFL

Best-selling memoir author and NCFL Advisory Board member, Monica Holloway, will spend the month of October speaking at various venues about 'overcoming adversity with grace' and 'letting shame ...  Read more »

Sep 6, 2012 I
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NCFL, the national center for literacy education, and diverse organizations join together to share resources and expertise for free

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) has joined the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to help educators nationwide provide enriched literacy learning experiences for every ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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 $35 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

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®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

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.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

Visit the Foundation website

Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Better World Books

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

Foundation Website

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.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University