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Apr 18, 2015 |
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IMG_2566.JPGAbout 50 Mott Haven moms, dads, and children from the Toyota Family Learning program at East Side House (ESH) Settlement walked their Bronx-neighborhood streets with members of the New York Police Department to point out safety concerns such as inadequate lighting and sanitation issues, and areas where suspected drug and gang-related activities occur. Officers from NYPD’s Housing Police Service Area 7 talked with walkers about their concerns and potential solutions. The Safety Walk idea came out of an ESH-facilitated discussion with families about changes they’d like to see in their community, and is one of three Family Service Learning activities the group will see through fruition before graduating from Toyota Family Learning this summer. “My family and I love that our neighbors are coming together as a community demonstrating strength as a call to action for a safer, more supportive place for families and children,” said parent participant Yamileth Gomez, who has lived in the area since 2011. IMG_2964Mott Haven is one of the nation’s poorest Congressional districts; it’s a place where 20 percent of the adult population has less than a ninth-grade education and where crime and drugs overrun the daily lives of many residents. “The Safety Walk is about stepping out of our comfort zones, and getting involved as entire families to make our community better,” said ESH Executive Director John Sanchez. “The Toyota Family Learning program at East Side House works with area families to help them find and use their voices, and today’s walk is an example of how our families feel more empowered to make a difference in the quality of their community.” [caption id="attachment_9641" align="alignright" width="300"]Families Now Blog   National Center for Families Learning Watch highlights from ESH's Safety Walk[/caption] Following the Safety Walk, participating families hope to see increased police presence in targeted areas, improved sanitation services along sidewalks and in parks, and additional opportunities for residents to work with the other members of the community and schools to share ideas.  East Side House is a community-based social service organization that recognizes education as the gateway out of poverty for the children and families served in the South Bronx and surrounding communities. They received a three-year, $175k Toyota Family Learning grant from NCFL in 2014.  Toyota Family Learning, a 6-year nationwide initiative led by NCFL, was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically-diverse families to roll up their sleeves and build stronger communities. NCFL knows that when children and families solve community issues together, they are simultaneously learning and applying 21st century college and career readiness skills.     

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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.

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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