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You’ve registered. You’ve made your flight and hotel reservations. Now here’s how to make the most of your #NCFL2017 experience:

Getting to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa with ease

NCFL has chosen Adobe Transportation to provide attendees with direct shuttle service between the Tucson International Airport and our hotel at the rate of $65 round trip or $35 one way.

Reservations can be made by phone or email:

Traveling with a colleague? Each person should complete and submit the above form. Adobe Transportation will coordinate flight arrival times and place passengers in the same shuttle.

Hotel and parking information

If you’re staying at the JW Marriott Tucson, here is what is included in your resort fee:

  • Enhanced high speed and wireless internet in guest rooms with ability to connect 5 devices.
  • Unlimited local and national long distance calls
  • Free self-parking*
  • Daily fitness activities at Hashani Spa
  • Kid’s meal for dinner at Signature Grill (12 and under)
  • 15% off all gift and clothing purchases at Resort, Hashani and Golf shops and unlimited golf driving range
  • Hashani Spa facilities access as an exclusive benefit for Marriott Rewards Elite Members

*Self parking is free for attendees staying at the resort. Daily self parking is $15 for attendees who do not stay at the resort.

Download the free #NCFL2017 app to customize your days

Manage your personalized schedule and receive real time updates when you use the Families Learning Conference 2017 app. Search for sessions by specific tracks such as Adult Learning, Early Childhood, and more. Make connections with attendees and presenters and easily exchange contact information. Instantly rate and give feedback about sessions, plus access presenter handouts. Download the app>>

Free pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October 8
All conference attendees are welcome to attend a free reading strategies workshop hosted by Tucson nonprofit, Literacy Connects, from 2:00-4:00PM on October 8.  Read more>>

Meals are a cinch while at #NCFL2017

Enjoy reasonably priced “grab and go” options for breakfast and lunch Monday at the hotel. For attendees registered for Monday, dinner is on us Monday evening at the Toyota-NCFL Banquet Celebration with keynote speaker Magic Johnson.

Back by popular demand: GED Testing Service® will provide free breakfast at the 6:30AM Tuesday morning “Ask Randy Trask” event! This event is capped at 170 attendees and nearly full, so if you don’t already have a ticket, contact today.  Don't know if you are signed up, click here to view your existing registration.  You don’t want to miss this!

Enjoy lunch on Tuesday at one of many hotel dining options.

On Tuesday evening we’ll bring affordable local food trucks and a cash bar to the resort while putting on an exclusive viewing of Screenagers. The food trucks likely accept debit and credit cards, but bring some cash just in case.

For attendees registered for Wednesday, the Closing Brunch will help you fill up the tank before heading back home.

Dress comfortably and pack these essentials

Tucson’s average high temperature in early October is 90℉! However, while in sessions, you may want a sweater for air-conditioned rooms. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes, lip balm, a water bottle, business cards, and a pen and notebook.

In between conference events, you might want to take a dip in the pool so bring your swimsuit and sunscreen. Enjoy hiking? Pack your activewear because desert hiking trails are available at the resort. Here's a guide to Marriott's amenities and activities!

If you've read this far and haven't registered for the Families Learning Conference 2017, there's still time! Visit to complete your registration today!


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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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