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Jun 5, 2015 |
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RBWe’re pleased to announce that Renegade Buggies was presented a Beyond the Classroom award at the REVERE Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C., on June 3.

The REVERE (REcognizing Valuable Educational REsources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Produced by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, the awards are the only of their kind to distinguish learning resources in all media, for all ages, and covering a wide array of educational subject areas and learning environments.

Renegade Buggies combines learning and gaming in an app that puts relevant real-world buying decisions on the line; Users have to make smart spending decisions when choosing between similar products, or they won’t have as much buying power when it comes to customizing their buggies and purchasing power-ups as they advance to harder levels.

RB“Knowing that most pockets and purses carry smartphones these days, we wanted to reach on-the-go families by creating an app that strikes the balance between fun and valuable learning,” NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick said. “Renegade Buggies’ being named a REVERE Awards winner validates NCFL, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and FableVision Studios’ concerted efforts to build an app that will act as a valuable resource for families.”

The award was given in the Beyond the Classroom category, which recognizes a wide range of resources used outside of formal education settings for personal study and enjoyment and may include books, games, and more; categories are learn, play, relate and innovate. The competition expanded in its second year with 26 finalists across its categories.

Award winners were evaluated through in-person events and remote judging by 100 evaluators in the education and publishing industries. Key principles that drove the evaluation of winners were quality content and design, audience engagement and appropriateness, usability and originality, effectiveness, along with comments and recommendations given by judges.  For a full list of winners, click here. Also visit the Awards Gallery which features 2015 winners and finalists.

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Toyota

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.

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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.

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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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