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NCFL is fresh off a trip to the Title 1 Conference and we are bursting with new ideas and connections. We had many insightful conversations with educators and administrators and found that the need for family engagement resources is great. We offer many such resources for educators, literacy programs, libraries, and community-based organizations. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our community’s favorite NCFL resources for educators:

WonderopolisWonderopolis® provides a fresh take on writing exercises and research projects for your students. Each day at Wonderopolis, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Why do donuts have holes?  Why do stars twinkle? Find the answers to these and other Wonders for FREE at! Content is aligned to CCSS, the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. Educators use Wonderopolis content as a way to kick off the school day, to introduce new units of study, to wrap up the school day, and for students’ independent study. Wonderopolis also helps connect home and school; students and their families can explore Wonders of the Day at home, as an extension to classroom learning.  

Camp Wonderopolis:

CampWonderopolisAre you leading an after-school or summer learning program at your school or organization? Camp Wonderopolis is the free online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments! A new edition is published every summer and is available year-round at no cost. Check out all the editions of Camp Wonderopolis at To purchase Campsite Kits to accompany Camp online, contact Sara Ulliman at  

Healthy Family Habits:

HealthFamilyHabitsHealthy Family Habits provides free and packaged family engagement content that mobilizes parents and children around health literacy. The Healthy Family Habits series offers step-by-step guides for hosting four different intergenerational events tied to health and fitness topics. It also features online resources and ideas for families seeking to extend healthy habits into their homes. All resources are available in English and Spanish, and everything is available free-of-charge. Download the resources at  

Professional Development:

NCFL offers customized training (online and in-person) in parent and family engagement, early childhood education, adult education, and ESL. Click here to download a catalog of courses. For more information about specific topics and pricing, contact Deb Poag at NCFL’s 2017 Families Learning Conference is October 9-11 in Tucson, Ariz. Join us to learn best practices in parent and family engagement and innovative strategies in family literacy and learning. Registration is only $399 until July 15, 2017! Visit for more details and to register.  

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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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