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Aug 23, 2023 |
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We’re just two months away from the start of the 2023 Families Learning Conference! This October, hundreds of professionals from across the country will descend upon Omaha for shared learning, connecting, and community. 

On the fence about registering? Keep reading for four reasons why you should attend #NCFL23!

The Families Learning Conference prioritizes strategies and resources to use in your daily work. Attendees return home with actionable and relevant information they can apply right away to their work. We know your time is valuable and limited, so we pack our schedule with engaging, interactive family literacy and family learning content that makes the most of your investment in attending.

If that isn’t enough, our conference schedule just got bigger! Join NCFL and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 22 to be part of our just-announced pre-conference workshop. The pre-con will kick off with a keynote address by Dr. Walter Gilliam, executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and leading expert in early childhood health and education. Pre-con attendees will then have the chance to explore early childhood topics during breakout sessions; scheduled topics include family leadership, out-of-school time, and family engagement for families of children with disabilities. The workshop concludes with a panel discussion by family leaders with young children. Space is limited and registrants must add the pre-con to their agenda during registration.

The Families Learning Conference also gives attendees the chance to hear as on-the-ground practitioners and expert professionals discuss the latest innovations in family learning. This year’s conference will include fast-paced TED Talk-style presentations from winners of the Sharon Darling Innovation Fund as well as an exciting keynote on the role of artificial intelligence in the education space from emergent technologist and humanitarian Christopher Lafayette.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a professional learning community. We know how important it is to connect and collaborate with a network of people all working towards the same purpose: to support families in achieving their educational and career goals. The Families Learning Conference is the premier space for sharing ideas and challenges related to work in family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership. Attendees have told us time and time again that the conference also provides an opportunity to build enduring professional relationships. 

Ready to learn more? Click the link below to hear NCFL president and CEO Dr. Felicia Cuming Smith discuss this year’s Nebraska conference location. Then visit to register today. We can’t wait to see you in Omaha on October 23rd!


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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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