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We’re six weeks away from #NCFL2017 and our team is putting the finishing touches on conference details. Check out our new video to show what the Families Learning Conference is all about, in under a minute: Whether you’re new to the conference or are a steadfast attendee, the following news and updates will help ensure you have an awesome #NCFL2017 experience: NCFL ImageThe Families Learning Conference app makes planning your day a breeze. The app will be available for Android and iOS phones and will contain the full conference schedule. Plus, you’ll have the option to bookmark sessions and build your own schedule. Using the app is especially useful for receiving those all-important notifications of changes, saving you time and effort. Attendees will receive download instructions by email in the weeks leading up to conference. Speaking of sessions...With over 100 concurrent sessions offered over 3 days, you will want to plan ahead for your conference experience! Here are some highlights to consider: Explore the resources and cutting edge strategies that NCFL offers during NCFL Resources 101. Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s 2Gen in the Copper State will cover how community-based two-generation efforts have significant potential to influence state policy and family outcomes. The U.S. Department of Education’s Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, will help attendees generate ideas and strategies for bolstering family engagement. Staff from the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy will explore using data to inform strategy and how universities can connect with family literacy programs. Toyota’s Eric Polite II will introduce the concept of unconscious bias—the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. Kaye Sharbono, president of COABE, and Sharon Bonney, executive director of COABE, will share the Educate and Elevate Public Awareness Campaign for adult education. GED Testing Service’s® Daphne Atkinson will present Higher-Order Thinking Skills for the 21st Century. Hear from 9-year-old Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits), the Families Learning Conference’s youngest presenter, on Digital Identity: Books, Bytes, Swipes, and Likes. Wonderopolis Lead Ambassadors will share strategies to encourage wonder and inquiry during On the Wonder Pathway... Check out the conference’s Spanish-only session, Tú puedes ser un líder. íDescúbrelo!, on helping parents develop leadership skills. Hear from NCFL’s Kim Jacobs on a curriculum for American Indian preschoolers. When you aren’t engrossed in concurrent sessions, you’ll probably be thinking of food! Meals are a cinch with reasonably priced “grab and go” options for breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Dinner is on us Monday evening at the Toyota-NCFL Banquet Celebration with keynote speaker Magic Johnson. On Tuesday evening we’ll bring affordable local food trucks to the resort while putting on an exclusive viewing of Screenagers. Wednesday’s Closing Brunch, included in your registration fee, will help you fill up the tank before heading back home. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and SpaWe’ve planned an action-packed 3 days for attendees, but why not relax and reflect a bit? The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa is loaded with re-energizing activities such as the Starr Canyon Lazy River, Monsoon Falls Waterslide, hiking trails, and the Hashani Spa. If you haven’t registered for the Families Learning Conference, do so today! While you’re at it, visit to make your hotel reservation with a special discounted rate of $194.00/night plus $1 resort fee/night. (The resort fee is normally $29.) Our hotel room block for attendees will be held until Friday, September 15.


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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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