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Jan 20, 2015 |
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The 2015 Families Learning Summit is 2 months away! Here are 11 reasons you won’t want to miss it:

  1. Seven in-depth and keynote presentations that will inspire, announce new opportunities, award, and reward your dedication to families and learning. The lineup of speakers will give us new and better ways to do what we do, and the student speakers will remind us of why. Take away lasting memories and new knowledge.
  2. One hundred+ sessions on a cross-section of areas that matter to families and education. We know you can’t attend that many sessions, so . . . bring your colleagues—divide and conquer!
  3. ncfl 20140218 132159More than 20 community literacy and coalition sessions that will present ways to tackle one of our top challenges: lack of resources. The time is now to connect with other partners and programs.
  4. Ten sessions that will inform an upcoming collective impact publication, presented by the Literacy Funders Network (and including the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading). Gain insights you can’t hear firsthand anywhere else, and see the best of the best reinforced in print later.
  5. Five featured research-focused sessions representing experts from U.S. and Ireland
  6. A book signing with both Donalyn Miller and Annie Murphy Paul. NCFL book signings have become a beloved tradition.
  7. A live Twitter chat with keynote speaker Leland Melvin. Participate and learn in a whole new way.
  8. A live national webcast at Houston’s historic Julia Ideson Building. It’s our first ever national webcast, and will feature a panel of library leaders and community partners who are well-versed in going beyond story-hour and implementing innovative programming at local branches.
  9. ncfl 20140218 115837The first-ever Families Learning Innovation Showcase & reception. See demonstrations and innovative programming come to life before your eyes. Eat, drink, and learn merrily. Then vote on your favorite innovation.
  10. A plethora of networking dinners around Houston, which was named a top 2015 travel destination by Travel & Leisure. We’ll be mixing great dining, city exploration, and networking into the fun. Join us.
  11. And, the one-and-only Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be in town. Close out your Summit experience, Texas style.
Go ahead and reserve your spot today! register


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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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