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Nov 2, 2011 I
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NCFL wins 2011 Community Changing Idea Video Contest

NCFL is proud to announce that we have won an award from Literacy Powerline and Literacy Funders Network. The two organizations held a contest for videos from literacy visionaries looking to build a ...  Read more »

Nov 1, 2011 I
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Celebrate National Family Literacy Day 2011

Today is National Family Literacy Day®. Since 1994, November 1 has been a day of celebrating the wonders of family literacy. November is also National Family Literacy Month®, so today kicks off ...  Read more »

Oct 27, 2011 I
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Support family literacy by sharing your Pennsylvania wine stories

According to the Pennsylvania Wine Association, "If you've got good wine, a good story isn't far behind." The organization is currently sponsoring a contest to gather people's stories about their ...  Read more »

Oct 25, 2011 I
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NCFL and Better World Books announce Wonderopolis mini-grant winners

NCFL and Better World Books have announced 20 mini-grants winners that have proposed creative ideas for using Wonderopolis® with families. These $500 mini-grants were awarded to 20 schools, ...  Read more »

Oct 20, 2011 I
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Make financial literacy a priority with these resources

The National Center for Family Literacy, with support from title sponsor Republic Bank Foundation, is holding the Louisville Financial Acronym Bee (LFAB) tonight in our hometown of Louisville, Ky., ...  Read more »

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 »

Oct 13, 2011 I
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Is your program listed in the National Literacy Directory?

Are you familiar with the National Literacy Directory? Funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and managed by NCFL, the National Literacy Directory is a valuable online resource designed to ...  Read more »

Oct 10, 2011 I
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Submit a proposal for the Literacy Showcase Poster Session

Do you have a program practice that is working well for you? What initiatives would you like to share with others? How have you positively impacted the families you serve? Showcase your success at ...  Read more »

Oct 6, 2011 I
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Read for the Record® to raise awareness for education

Today, more than 2 million people will read to try to break a world record to call for an end to the early education achievement gap. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, presented in partnership ...  Read more »

Oct 4, 2011 I
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Happy Birthday, Wonderopolis®!

One year ago today, NCFL launched®, the online destination where parents and teachers seek to nurture a brighter world for children through the power of discovery. One year later, ...  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