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This year’s Families Learning Summit will bring two-generation family engagement to life for hundreds of attendees on October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Mich. We’ve hand-picked sessions and speakers covering everything from early literacy to adult education, and digital learning to community coalitions and family engagement research. [caption id="attachment_9366" align="alignnone" width="716"]Families Learning Summit Register today![/caption] Whether you’re a veteran attendee or new to the Summit, here's 10 reasons why you should register today and join NCFL in the Motor City this fall:

  1. More than 90 concurrent sessions covering a wide variety of two-generation, literacy, and learning content
  2. Two high-powered panel sessions investigating the latest insights in navigating digital learning for young children and funding effective two-generation programming
  3. A live national webcast session, presented by NCFL and Urban Libraries Council, featuring a panel discussion and a new opportunity for libraries nationwide
  4. A very special Banquet Celebration and tribute to 25 years of NCFL-Toyota two-generation programming—highlighting what’s possible through exemplary nonprofit/corporate partnerships
  5. Our first-ever PNC Makerspace Lounge, full of tinker-inspiring, design-thinking, hands-on ideas and materials
  6. Eight featured sessions exploring the funds of knowledge, the vocabulary gap, coding apps for young children, what the distributions for opportunity mean for adult learners, and more—from PNC Grow Up Great, leading researchers such as Irwin Kirsch and Luis Moll, and PBS Kids
  7. Session strands curated and led by our partners: Commission On Adult Basic Education (COABE), GED Testing Service®, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Literacy Funders Network and coalition leaders, and Wonderopolis’ Wonder Lead Ambassadors
  8. The incredible stories and outstanding family testimonies of parents who have experienced the power of families learning together firsthand
  9. Unique totes for each attendee handmade by the moms of San Pedro, California’s fINdings Art Center, Inc., a pioneer of today’s Family Service Learning model
  10. Networking dinners around Detroit and four NCFL-facilitated dinner discussions on the hottest topics in two-generation and digital, inquiry-based learning

Join us in Detroit this fall! The Families Learning Summit will take place October 17-19, 2016, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. To register and find more information, please visit or email


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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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