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Mar 27, 2008 |
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Here in Louisville, the Ohio River was at flood stage last week. Fortunately, it's quickly receding. After all, we know the real high water mark will occur at the end of the week, when everyone begins arriving for our 17th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy.

I'm Cindy Read, a Senior Director here at NCFL... but during this time of year I'm known as the go-to person for the conference.

Like all of you attending the conference, our staff is looking forward to connecting with old friends, soaking in the inspiration from national speakers and learning a new trick or two in the more than 140 sessions offered. As always, we're also excited to hear four very special student speakers. Their stories each year remind us why we got into this field in the first place!

This year we'll welcome registrants from 48 states and several foreign countries. (Note: I hope you'll give a special hello to the delegation from St. Lucia, Barbados. They're here to develop a family literacy model for the Eastern Caribbean, and they'll be looking for advice from experienced family literacy program staff.)

Here are some tips and ideas for enjoying this year's conference:

  • Registration will be on the second floor of the Galt House. Hint — look for large watering cans, flowers and running water.
  • ave you got a story? Participate in our story collection about family literacy on our blog. For details, stop by the NCFL lounge at the Exhibit Hall. There you can meet NCFL staff, learn more about this blog and receive a free gift for simply telling us about you!  We are right across from the Grand Ballroom.
  • Get your photo taken at the special conference photo booth. Check us out on the map... between the Exhibit hall and the Grand Ballroom. If you like, we'll send the photo of you and your colleagues to your local newspaper or your school. What happens in Louisville this year doesn't have to stay in Louisville!  (Check in your registration packet for times photo booth will be open.)

— Cindy Read


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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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