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.
Toyota Family Learning Program
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, they invested in the organization’s 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 reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.
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 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.
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
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.Foundation Website
NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.
The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University