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Welcome back to the 20th National Conference on Family Literacy! We hope you're enjoying your conference experience, and we've got another great day of sessions planned.

We're kicking off today with a general session you don't want to miss. Join us at 9:00 a.m. to hear from NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick, student speaker Karolena Begay and best-selling author Bruce Feiler, who wrote The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.

Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. directly after the general session. Here's a selection of the many informative concurrent and feature sessions on deck for today. Check your conference program for a full list of sessions and for room information.

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Math Talk the Sesame Way
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Affecting Literacy Growth in Parents and Young Children with Real-World Literacy Activity: A Research Study
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Common Core State Standards Initiative: Improving the Quality of Education Nationwide
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Best of the Best - 2011
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — What's So Wonderful About Wonderopolis®?

Today is your last chance to join in the Wonder Quest. Visit to read Wonder of the Day® #183: What Is a Slam Dunk?

In honor of tonight's NCAA National Championship basketball game between Butler University and the University of Connecticut, post your pick for tonight's winner in the comment session for a chance to win valuable prizes such as a FlipTM video camera or an iPod® touch. We’ll announce today’s winners at Tuesday's closing brunch at 10:15 a.m.

Have you visited the Exhibit Hall yet? Today's Poster Sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. is a great opportunity. A selection of presenters will share materials and innovative programming in an informal setting.

While you're in the Exhibit Hall, don’t forget to visit the NCFL/Wonderopolis booth, and take your turn sharing your thoughts on family literacy or telling us what you’re wondering about in the NCFL/Wonderopolis Video Booth! The Exhibit Hall will not be open on Tuesday, so this is your last chance!

Tonight, we have a very special banquet planned to commemorate 20 years of the Toyota-NCFL partnership. In addition to hearing from our exciting speakers — Today correspondent Jenna Hager, student speaker Peyton Rhone, Toyota Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and Toyota Motor North America President & COO Yoshimi Inaba — we'll be reflecting on 20 years of family literacy programs for more than 256 sites in 50 cities and 30 states. We can't wait to celebrate the amazing impact this partnership has had on family literacy!

It's going to be another exciting day!


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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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