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The all-virtual 2021 Families Learning Conference will be kicking off in less than a month! Conference organizers are busy building the high-quality event that attendees come to expect, this time in a virtual format.

Deciding whether to register? Here are the top three reasons #NCFL21 is worth attending!

Learning content to fit your needs – Focus your learning by following one of six content strands: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Family and Community Leadership; K-12 Education, Library, and Research and Policy. Additionally, those new to the field as well as seasoned professionals will be able to identify presentations appropriate for their levels of experience and subject knowledge. Look for the content level and strand specified for each session.

On-demand access – Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! Now you don’t have to choose which presentations to attend (or miss). Registrants will have access to all presentations for 90 days after the conference dates. 

Opportunities to network with your peers – Networking looks a bit different in the virtual space, but we’ve got you covered! Our virtual platform features a chat capability within sessions and a forum for topic discussions; plus we’re utilizing Microsoft’s Flipgrid social learning platform for video networking. In the exhibit hall, attendees have the opportunity to chat face-to-face with exhibitor representatives.

Still on the fence? Here is what attendees of our last convening in 2019 had to say:

“This was the best conference I have ever attended. I had at least three sessions in each breakout session time period I wanted to attend. Fantastic offerings and I learned so much!”

“I feel this was one of the most well‐planned conferences I have ever attended.”

“Attending the 2019 30th anniversary NCFL conference has given me a renewal of dedication, a glorious amount of great ideas to consider and implement, and new connections to fellow literacy professionals from all over the United States.”

Now is the time to register--Our SAVE75 discount code expires at 11:59 p.m. PDT September 30th!

Register now


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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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