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Jul 23, 2021 |
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This October 25-27, the Families Learning Conference is back and heading to the Lone Star State! We invite you to join our convening in Dallas to discover innovative strategies, evidence-based best practices, and resources to help families succeed in accomplishing their educational and economic goals.

Attendees at a presentation at the 2019 Families Learning Conference

You may be ready to join us, but how do you help your manager get on board with you attending? Here are some tips to help you make your case:


What are the greatest needs of your organization? Review our schedule and select the specific sessions offered at the Conference that will help you address those needs. Over 80 sessions will be available to choose from in six content strands including Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Leadership, Library, K-12 Education, and Research and Policy. A wide variety of topics will be covered, including family math, virtual learning, and equity and inclusion. 


In your request, include a budget of the estimated costs of registration, travel, lodging, and meals:

  • Registration for three days: $595
  • Airfare round-trip from [your location]
  • Hotel accommodations at Renaissance Dallas Addison: $190/nt plus 13% tax 
  • Ground transportation (from your home to your airport and from the airport to our hotel)
  • Meal per diem for Dallas: estimated at $50/day or less; included in the registration fee are coffee each morning, lunch Monday and Tuesday, appetizers Monday evening, and dinner Tuesday evening


While it may be tempting to work remotely while attending Conference presentations, it can be difficult to maximize your in-person experience at the same time as juggling regular responsibilities. As best you can, lay out your plan for what tasks can be accomplished ahead of time, what you can delegate temporarily to other staff while you’re away, and the times you’ll be able to answer emails onsite at the Conference.

Don’t have time to write all of this out? Good news! To save you time, we’ve packaged all of this up in a downloadable template! Click here to download and customize the template, making sure to edit the highlighted portions of text. Good luck making your case to join your peers at the 2021 Families Learning Conference!


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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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