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In less than two months the Families Learning Conference 2017 will take place in Tucson, Arizona (October 9 -11). You do not want to miss the robust networking and professional development for those working with families in education, human services, and workforce fields. Here’s why you should join us: High quality content presented by country's top experts According to past attendees of the Families Learning Conference, their number one reason to attend is the vast range of sessions. There are over 100 to choose from at this year’s conference! Not only the range, but the depth of sessions, draws attendees back year after year. Each day’s schedule is thoughtfully assembled so that attendees can follow strands of sessions in early childhood education, adult education, research, library programming, and more. NCFL Conference quotes Unique focus on engaging all members of the family NCFL and our partners in the field have long known that in order to break the cycle of poverty, all members of the family must be engaged in academic achievement. Our two-generation focus during the Families Learning Conference equips attendees with education solutions to issues commonly encountered in educators’ work with underserved families, practical ideas that they can take back and use right away in the classroom, and ideas for community-based partnerships that enhance their work. NCFL Conference quotes Networking events that inspire action Attendees cite networking opportunities as the second most important factor in deciding to attend the Families Learning Conference. With all Conference sessions and events located at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, it’s easy and convenient to network and idea-share with education professionals throughout our three days together. Monday, October 9, attend the Toyota-NCFL Banquet Celebration where Earvin "Magic" Johnson will deliver an energizing keynote and the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will be announced. Tuesday, October 10, view an exclusive screening of the film Screenagers while enjoying food truck cuisine at the resort’s beautiful outdoor space. Wednesday, October 11, come together for the Closing Brunch to reflect on learnings and takeaways from Conference and to make lasting connections for your personal learning network. NCFL Conference quotes Secure your spot at the Families Learning Conference 2017 now! October will be here soon. Register today and start getting excited for the connections you’ll make and the great tools and resources you’ll bring back to your community this fall! Visit conference.familieslearning.org for more information and to register.

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Toyota

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.

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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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