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By now you’ve heard who’s keynoting the General Sessions. You’ve seen the concurrent sessions and presenters already confirmed. And your colleagues have told you just how great their experience was at the 2017 Families Learning Conference. You’re onboard to attend, but how do you convince your manager to pay for your trip to the 2018 Families Learning Conference? Here are some tips for helping you make your case to attend: 2017 attendees at concurrent sessionMake a plan. Your manager may be concerned with how work tasks will be completed while you’re gone. Plan what work can be completed ahead of your absence and what work tasks can be divided among other staff while you’re out. Attending the conference is a great way to outfit your organization with the latest educational tools. In your plan, mention how you will share resources and strategies gleaned at the conference with your colleagues and volunteers when you return. Perhaps schedule a “Lunch and Learn” meeting no more than a couple weeks after you return. 2017 attendees looking at programSupport your request with specifics. Create a list of events and sessions you plan to attend. Sessions will be categorized in six educational strands, making it easy to plan your schedule: Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Research and Policy, and Two-Generation Learning. Additionally, we’ll offer tracks of content including financial literacy and library programming. Click here to view the full schedule. To view content by educational strand, click "Filter by track" and select the content you wish to view. Include testimonials from your peers. Here’s what some of our 2017 conference attendees had to say: 2017 attendees in a concurrent session“I enjoy this conference every year, but this one was one of the best! The app made it easy to navigate through the topics and schedule the day, there was a wide variety of sessions, the location was amazing, and I always enjoy networking with other programs.” “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the conference. Beautiful setting, great speakers, lots of new ideas.” “It was a joy to be connected with so many people interested in and delivering family literacy services. It was a special gift to connect to the 2Gen folks.” Estimate costs. Lastly, include a budget to help you estimate the costs of travel, lodging, and meals: Registration

  • Early bird (Through July 1, 2018): $399
  • Regular (Starting July 2, 2018): $499
Airfare Round-trip from [your location] Hotel Accommodations Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa: $189/night for 3 nights (plus 12% in taxes) Ground transportation Include transportation from your house to your airport and from the airport to our hotel Meals
  • Budget for Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast and lunch; and Wednesday snack
  • Appetizers Monday evening, dinner Tuesday, and brunch Wednesday are included in 3-day registration fee

Want to hear some good news? We’ve packaged all of this up for you in a downloadable template! Click here to download your customizable template.

Show your manager how valuable the Families Learning Conference is, and they may want to join you! PS: Register now to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Early bird pricing ends July 1, 2018.  


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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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