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The countdown has begun! September 23-26, hundreds of educators, family engagement workers, librarians, and social service providers will descend upon Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for the 2018 Families Learning Conference. Will you be joining us? The Families Learning Conference is the premier event focused on innovative education strategies and practices in family literacy and learning, two-generation programming, and parent and family engagement. Attending the conference will equip you with tools and strategies that you can use right away in your community. NCFL Image From outstanding general session keynote speakers to over 120 concurrent sessions, don’t miss out on high quality professional development and inspiring, engaging conversations with your peers from around the country! Register today.

PS: Just announced! Google has signed on as an official sponsor of the 2018 Families Learning Conference and will be presenting the following sessions!

Desserts and Digital Skills, Sponsored by Google The evening of Monday, Sept. 24 This is your opportunity to learn about digital skills from the biggest name in the field! All attendees are invited to a Google-facilitated presentation, followed by a popcorn-style Q&A event about Google’s Applied Digital Skills and CS First curriculums. Desserts and coffee will be provided, so bring your appetites and your questions! Back-to-back sessions Tuesday, Sept. 25: CS First presented by Google In this hands-on professional development workshop, attendees will learn how to use CS First (, Google’s free introductory computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school students that uses Scratch, a block-based programming language. During the workshop, teachers will learn about the importance of CS for all students and the teachers’ role in creating an environment where all students can learn equitably. You’ll get a chance to learn about the free lesson plans, solution sheets and other educator enrichment resources. At the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with a plan of action and strategies for starting to teach CS First and a connection to the growing community of CS First teachers. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to this hands-on session. Applied Digital Skills presented by Google In this hands-on professional workshop, attendees will learn about Google's Applied Digital Skills, a free, flexible video based curriculum that prepares students of all ages for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. It can be found at Hundreds of hours of lessons and instructional videos, presented in digestible activities for 7th-12th grade or adult learners, guide students through engaging and practical projects that equip them with the skills that will help them succeed at school, in the workplace and in life. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to this hands-on session.

Secure your spot at the 2018 Families Learning Conference 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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