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Each Friday throughout National Family Literacy Month®, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is sharing resources and information to promote families learning together; we call it “Family Literacy Friday!” Today, we invite you to watch and share the following webinars focused on developing reading and writing skills. Plus, we’ve included a bonus live webinar airing next Friday, November 20! Happy learning!

Stages of Emergent Writing with Young Children

Have you ever looked at your students’ writing and asked, “Is this even writing?” Emergent writing means that children begin to understand that writing is a form of communication and their marks on paper convey a message. Based on the research of Dr. Deborah Well Rowe, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Vanderbilt University,Stages of Emergent Writing with Young Childrenis an 8-minute snapshot that will help you understand the concept of emergent writing and explain its stages while providing examples.

Engaging Families in Children’s Reading Development

Are you a practitioner interested in learning new tools to promote family engagement and reading? There are many ways parents can support their children in learning to read. At NCFL, we believe that parents are their children’s first teacher. This 10-minute webinar covers the keys to a successful family workshop, reading strategies to share with families, and ways to support reading in your community.

Foundational Skills in Reading K-3

Foundational skills are part of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and include skills such as rhyming, alphabet recognition, sound-letter correspondence, and sight word fluency. In this extensive webinar, NCFL’s Dr. Becky Goetzinger discusses ways to increase knowledge of foundational skills in reading, explore phonological awareness, and understand strategies for teaching vocabulary.

Reading Strategies from Classroom to Home—Coming Friday, November 20!

Uncover reading strategies applicable from the classroom to the home. Join NCFL Reading Specialist Dr. Becky Goetzinger for this free webinar, which starts at 2 p.m. EST on November 20.

Sign up here. Can’t make it? Register now and watch it later!

If you’ve found these webinars valuable, please consider donating to NCFL to help us create more webinars and resources for educators and families. Donate today.


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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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