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Jun 22, 2021 |
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Wonderopolis®, a digital property of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) that has welcomed more than 70 million visitors over the past decade, is taking hands-on learning to a new level with the launch of its Explorer Program.

Since Wonderopolis’ debut in 2010, it has created more than 2,700 freely accessible Wonders of the Day®, transforming natural curiosity and imagination into exploration and discovery for learners of all ages. With this latest development, Wonderopolis’ daily intriguing questions will move beyond the screen and into a variety of programs all across the country.

The new Wonderopolis Explorer Program brings the wonder of learning to your fingertips, consisting of easy-to-use printable materials along with hands-on Maker activities to reinforce learning.

Each daily session will include an opening activity, one of the most popular Wonders of the Day, a post-reading activity, a Maker project, and a wrap-up activity or discussion. Each session will spark children’s learning for approximately 2-3 hours each day and include multidisciplinary content that purposefully aligns with educational standards, the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, making it compatible with K-12 curriculums across the country.

This new offering from Wonderopolis is ideal for on-site programming such as summer camps, afterschool programs, recreational programs, and many types of out-of-school-time programs. Incorporating one full session into your program’s daily routine can keep children engaged and learning without knowing it. Plus, the Wonderopolis Explorer Program can be delivered by anyone—facilitators do not need an education background to lead the activities.

The Wonderopolis Explorer Program is customizable in length, depending on your program’s individual need, so you only pay for what you need. A full program can last up to 10 weeks.

Providing an exciting journey of hands-on, fun learning opportunities, Wonderopolis Explorer Program guides are available for just $74.99 each at Supplemental materials provided by individual programs include low-cost basics such as markers and construction paper, keeping the learning easy and affordable.

Of course, NCFL is home to a variety of other free resources designed to help build your brain, including Camp Wonderopolis®, Cultivating Readers, the Learn to Earn Toolkit, and more.

As the world opens back up following this difficult pandemic, make up for lost learning by providing fun summer or after-school programs with memorable and enriching content. From all of us to you, happy exploring!

Click here to learn more and purchase the Wonderopolis Explorer Program.


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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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