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Oct 1, 2020 |
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A well-known website is celebrating a very big birthday this month. Wonderopolis®, home to 13 million visitors each year, is turning 10 on Oct. 4, and we’re inviting you to help us celebrate!

Developed by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, Wonderopolis has grown to become one of the most popular education websites in the world. Each day, the site invites visitors to explore an intriguing question about the world around us, known as the “Wonder of the Day®.” Wonders include a series of fun and engaging online and offline activities that reinforce the content learned, while building background knowledge and vocabulary skills.

Leading education platforms have recognized the benefits behind Wonderopolis, too. Last year, Microsoft’s Immersive Reader chose to feature Wonderopolis as its first nonprofit, integrating new technology that translates content into more than 80 languages and expands accessibility through a variety of reading assistance features. This year, Flipgrid, which is used by millions of students, educators, and families in over 180 countries around the world, began featuring Wonderopolis in its renowned Discovery Library. Charlie Engelman, who recently won an Emmy for his show “Weird But True” on Disney +, has added yet another new dimension to Wonderopolis: his new Wonders with Charlie series invites at-home participation like never before, with live chat participation influencing what happens next.

“Wonderopolis is such a dynamic and powerful tool for individual learning, and its potential is only growing,” said NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling. “In today’s digital learning environments, students can build knowledge and skills in their own language at their own pace. We’re proud to continue to offer this free resource to families and educators, and are so excited for what the next ten years will bring.”

As the countdown to Oct. 4 begins, the Wonder crew is ready to celebrate. We’ll be giving away Wonderopolis swag all month long! Follow the NCFL and Wonderopolis social media pages for giveaways throughout October!

We thank you for all of your support over these past 10 years. The world is truly a fascinating place! As we continue our journey together, we look forward to even more moments of wonder in the years to come.


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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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