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Spring is a time for new growth. This spring, you are invited to grow your skill set by attending the following webinars provided by the National Center for Families Learning and our partners. Check out our upcoming lineup and be sure to register!

Creating Space for Advocacy Conversations |March 8, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Advocacy is a key component to family and parent leadership. It’s important to create a space that is conducive to allowing families to identify those pressing issues that most impact their communities. 

Many times, creating this space begins with conversations around race and equity and allowing families to speak openly about how they view the injustices in their communities. If parents have the freedom and space to share their experiences with injustice, they can begin acting towards advocacy efforts. 

This session will cover trust and community-building exercises and frameworks for conversations about race and equity as tools for advocacy efforts.

Presenter: Rosa Guzman-Snyder, Director of Community Development, National Center for Families Learning

Registration link:

Developmental Relationships Framework |April 12, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Search Institute’s research suggests that when young people experience relationships with adults that are characterized by five essential elements, their attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes are better, and their risk behaviors are lower. Educators, youth workers, parents, and other adults can use Search Institute’s new Developmental Relationships Framework to transform the connections they build

with and among young people. During this webinar we will share some of the lessons that Search Institute is

learning about creating youth-serving organizations where developmental relationships thrive.

Presenters: Fatima Muhammad, Director of Youth & Family Solutions, and Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President of Research and Development, Search Institute

Registration link:

Camp Wonderopolis: Explore the Wonderverse |May 10, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Find out how Camp Wonderopolis can be an engaging digital tool for your programming anytime of the year. Our free website and app help bring families together with curious questions, interesting articles, and hands-on learning activities. This webinar will show you how to make the most of the features of the site and our free app.

Presenter: John MacLeod, Community Manager, Wonderopolis, National Center for Families Learning

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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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