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Join NCFL on Thursday, July 27 at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the parent journey for families of children with learning differences. 

We are excited to welcome Learning Heroes as they share new national research findings from parents and guardians with children who learn differently. The interactive webinar will feature Pam Loeb, a principal researcher and co-founder of Edge Research, and Howard Winchester, Senior Communications Manager for Learning Heroes. The Parent Journey: Helping Crack the Code for Families of Children With Learning Differences will explore insights from the research and dive into how some parents have navigated complex systems and processes on behalf of their children. Learning Heroes will also highlight a new Playbook to help make the research actionable.

Register today!


Howard Winchester-Howard
Senior Communications Manager
Learning Heroes

Howard Winchester-Howard has a vested interest and focus in digital and social media development, with a variety of prior experience in communications and public relations. Prior to Learning Heroes, he served as a Senior Communications Associate at NASTAD and uses his out-of-the-box and creative thinking to help inform and engage different audiences. Howard received his B.A. in Public Relations, Media Sales, and Advertising, from Morgan State University and graduated with his M.S. in Communication Studies at Stevenson University.

Pam Loeb
Principal Researcher & Co-Founder
Edge Research

As a Principal at Edge Research, Pam works regularly with marquee brands to design studies and provide insights that drive their business. While Pam enjoys working with corporations and nonprofits on their branding, messaging, advertising, and new product development, she is particularly interested in issues related to K-12 and higher education and co-leads the Education practice at Edge. She regularly consults for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CCSSO, Communities In Schools, Learning Heroes, Pearson, NASBE, National PTA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Savvas, and the Wallace Foundation, as well as numerous independent schools, colleges, and universities. Pam is also passionate about education in her volunteer work. She was a Trustee to the board of Friends School of Baltimore and a member of the board of Art with a Heart–an organization which brings interactive visual arts classes into schools, community centers, shelters, hospitals, and senior housing facilities. Prior to joining Edge, Pam was Vice President and Executive Director of The Mellman Group. Pam graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College with dual degrees in History and Government. An expert in nonprofit donor development, she has authored several studies on charitable donors, which have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Nonprofit Times, Forbes and USA 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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