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Sep 18, 2022 |

September 18-24 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and NCFL is joining our partners in the field to celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of family learning. 

Join NCFL in celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

According to the National Institutes of Health, "a mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income." Data from this Gallup study commissioned by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy indicates that if all adults could attain the equivalent of a sixth-grade reading level, the country could generate an additional $2.2 trillion – or 10% of GDP – in annual income! For families improving their lives through education, the impact is more personal. Watch this video to hear how the adult education program at Americana Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky, is so important to two participating mothers.

For over 30 years, NCFL has delivered the four-component Family Literacy model that includes children’s education, adult education, parent education, and interactive parent-child literacy and learning activities (Parent and Child Together [PACT] Time®). Independent evaluation of our programs has revealed positive insights for participating families. Parenting adults have reported getting a better job or earning more money, families increase literacy, technology, and work-based skills, and parenting adults increase their confidence in themselves as their child’s first and most important teacher. We know that when parenting adults and children are engaged in learning together, the whole family benefits, contributing to a thriving, equitable community.

This week, help spread awareness of and build support for adult education and family literacy services in your community with these four ways: 

  1. If you’re part of an adult education or family literacy program, make sure your organization is listed in the National Literacy Directory
  2. Learn the impacts of low literacy from this fact sheet by ProLiteracy
  3. Use the National Coalition for Literacy’s toolkit with messaging to copy and share on your social media handles. 
  4. Head over to the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) website for an easy way to contact your legislators to express your support for adult education investments, as well as to access other ways to get involved.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor that is essential to family and community success. Family literacy supports families in building literacy, technology, and workforce skills—skills fundamental to developing identity, agency, well-being, and prosperity across generations. Join the conversation and find resources in adult education and family literacy by following #AEFL2022, #AdultEd2022, and #AdultEdLiteracyWeek on your social media platform of choice!


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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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