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The all-virtual 2021 Families Learning Conference will be kicking off later this month! Our team is busy building the high-quality event that attendees come to expect—in a virtual format. We’ve shared can’t miss sessions on the first day of #NCFL21. Now check out what’s on deck for Tuesday, Oct. 26th and Wednesday, Oct. 27th!


Lunch presentation sponsored by PNC Bank, 12:00 p.m. CDT

This presentation will focus on supporting the social emotional development of very young children as a result of the pandemic. PNC’s Senior Vice President and Director of Community and Client Relations will facilitate an engaging discussion with Dallas-based partners Momentous Institute and Educational First Steps. 

The year in review – The good, the bad, and the reality of introducing VR in educational settings, 1:45 p.m. CDT

Please join members of Broward County Public Schools, Exponential Destiny, and the National Center for Families Learning as we have an honest discussion about the lessons learned while introducing immersive learning to educational settings. We will start our discussion diving into our vision, strengths, opportunities for growth, and journey with implementing Virtual Reality (VR), and conclude with ways educators can incorporate VR and Augmented Reality (AR) into lesson planning, including social and emotional techniques within school systems.

The Power of Storytelling Math, 3:15 p.m. CDT

This session offers a deep dive into Storytelling Math, a new picture book series that highlights math, diversity, and the power of storytelling, celebrating children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Join Charlesbridge executive editor Alyssa Mito Pusey, math expert Marlene Kliman, series authors and children’s literature professionals to discuss the series’ joyful stories and hands-on activities that make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Storytelling Math was developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.


Experience La Fuerza de Familias Latinas: A Turnkey Solution to Latinx Family Engagement, 9:15 a.m. CDT

Join La Fuerza! We have developed a telenovela with a parent engagement toolkit that facilitates a series of interactive workshops centering Spanish-speaking parents as the most important influence in their child’s development, called “La Fuerza de Familias Latinas” (The Power of Latinx Families). We believe parents already have what they need at home, in-culture, and in-language to promote their children’s early learning, social-emotional growth, and school readiness. How can a telenovela promote family engagement? Become a part of our national community of Parent Leaders and Early Childhood Development Professionals, to learn how! Together we will explore the toolkit for the telenovela, hear from the panelists and build collective wisdom. Attendees to this session receive automatic entry into Literacy Partners’ raffle for a free Professional Development training, valued at $3,000 dollars!

Are You Feeling Inspired? Take Action!, 9:15 a.m. CDT

You’ve spent Monday and Tuesday learning, sharing, and making connections. Now is the time to put lessons learned into action! Wednesday morning we’ll gather one last time to reflect on what you’ve learned and develop a plan of action. NCFL staff will be on hand to help facilitate eight topics in two rounds of thirty-minute collaboration in action (CIA) sessions. Pick two that interest you and walk away with plans to put your new ideas into practice!

Now is the time to register–We’re offering our biggest discount on registration now through October 27th. Enter discount code LASTCHANCE on the payment page to save $100!



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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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