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This September, join the 2018 Families Learning Conference for best practices and innovative strategies in serving families through education. On top of our robust offering of concurrent sessions, this year’s event is hopping with plenty of featured sessions and special events! Some of these have limited capacity, so register now to secure your spot.

 Early Childhood Pre-Conference Session, Sunday, September 23 at 12:00pm

Limited to 100 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

Are you looking for new ways to raise up families' voices?  Have you heard about design thinking but not sure how it applies to you? Sponsored by Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County and in collaboration with the Global Family Research Project and The Early Learning Lab, NCFL is hosting a pre-conference workshop on the human-centered design thinking approach to family engagement in early childhood. This innovative four-hour session is free to the first 100 registered conference attendees to sign up and will take place on Sunday, September 23, ahead of the 2018 Families Learning Conference. Space is limited so please register early.
MODS Mix and Mingle, Sunday, September 23 at 5:00pm

Limited to 100 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

Join us for an hour with the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS), sponsored by JM Family Enterprises! NCFL and JM Family Enterprises invite you to join us at the MODS pre-Conference mix and mingle event on Sunday evening, September 23rd! In partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), come kick off Conference week with fun, hands-on activities. Attendees will mingle and enjoy a complimentary drink while visiting MODS’ mobile planetarium and STEM table activities. This fun, pre-Conference event is first-come, first-serve for the first 100 attendees that register!
Coffee Klatsch with Randy Trask, Sponsored by GED Testing Service®, Monday, September 24 at 2:00pm

Limited to 175 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

GED Testing Service® will be the exclusive Sponsor of NCFL’s Monday, September 24th "Coffee Klatsch with Randy Trask, Sponsored by GED Testing Service®." Up to 175 attendees will enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up session featuring a gourmet coffee & tea bar with sweet treats and the crème de la crème: the exciting opportunity to hear from GED CEO Randy Trask in an intimate, informal setting! Given the popularity of this event in recent years, GED Testing Service will enjoy an expanded timeframe of 2PM - 3:15PM for conversation, questions, and the opportunity to share cutting-edge adult education news with a national audience. Please reserve your spot in advance for this engaging dialogue!
PNC Grow Up Great® Welcome Reception, Monday, September 24 at 5:30pm Enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar, and beautiful ocean views while taking part in interactive learning stations sponsored by PNC. The PNC Grow Up Great® initiative produces a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their kids. Conference participants will be able to experience the PNC Grow Up Great® Mobile Learning Adventure. Channel your inner child by exploring the different learning modules!

Live Webcast: Innovative Programming Beyond Library Walls, Tuesday, September 25 at 3:00pm

Libraries and their staffs are working tirelessly to serve families where they live, work, and play within their communities. Join us for a series of expert-led lightning talks describing innovative programming that takes family literacy and engagement beyond the four walls of library buildings. In partnership with NCFL and Public Library Association, this live webcast is sponsored by Better World Books and is part of NCFL’s ongoing partnership with the Urban Libraries Council.
Creating More Inclusive Spaces: Our Roles as Institutional Actors, Wednesday, September 26 at 8:15am This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.   The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in activities that will lead them to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.
Moving from “Surviving to Thriving”: Trauma Attuned Transformation Using the Nurtured Heart Approach©, Wednesday, September 26 at 8:15am This session is delivered by Howard Glasser, author and international trainer and creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach©, and Frank Picone LCSW who helped design and implement a 12-million-dollar four-year grant that is transforming New Jersey’s child serving systems to Trauma Attuned and Nurture Heart Approach trained.  The first part of the training will describe what the Nurtured Heart Approach is and how it pertains to parents and educators as well as the power of being “Trauma Attuned” in our schools. The remaining time will be spent on audience questions/discussion to clarify these approaches; in particular how the Nurtured Heart Approach can help create and maintain an optimum culture for youth with trauma to move from “Surviving to Thriving” - how this approach serves the cause of transforming how children of trauma can discover who they really are as great young people with great things to contribute.

Don’t miss out on the 2018 Families Learning Conference! Register 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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