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Feb 8, 2019 I
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Sign up for these upcoming webinars by NCFL

Spring is a time for new growth. This spring, you are invited to grow your skill set by attending the following webinars provided by the National Center for Families Learning and our ...  Read more »

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Jan 29, 2019 I
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Supporting Transitions

Celebrations have occurred. New Year’s resolutions have been made. New planners and calendars have been purchased. It may take a little more practice to write the date as 2019, but you are almost ...  Read more »

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Jan 23, 2019 I
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Call for Proposals now open for 2019 Families Learning Conference

Planning is underway for the 2019 Families Learning Conference, which will be held Nov. 4-6! This year’s Conference will bring an extra dose of excitement to attendees as NCFL will be celebrating ...  Read more »

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Jan 16, 2019 I
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Guest post: PEEP Family Science apps offer innovative approach to two-generation learning

The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This guest post is by Gay Mohrbacher, Senior Project Manager at WGBH Education. For ...  Read more »

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Dec 27, 2018 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: Reflecting on Beginnings and Endings

As 2018 comes to an end, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the past and to prepare for the future. You began the school year in August or September with new ideas, plans, and hopes. You will ...  Read more »

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Dec 17, 2018 I
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Promoting Self-Regulation in the Classroom

“Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people.” Author Robert Fulghum made it sound easy in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”  Kindergarten (and early childhood) ...  Read more »

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Dec 11, 2018 I
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Vaughns named NCFL Place-Based Initiatives Director

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce and welcome Dr. Ashley Vaughns as Director of Place-Based Initiatives. Ashley will work to ensure program quality in NCFL Family ...  Read more »

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Dec 6, 2018 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: Be a Reader

What are the habits of an effective educator? In the Stronger Families, Stronger Communities blog series, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has explored this question with the past ...  Read more »

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Dec 4, 2018 I
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Guzman-Snyder named NCFL Community Development Director

Rosa Guzman-Snyder, who formerly worked on behalf of the National Center for Families Learning through its Toyota Family Literacy Program in Pueblo, Colorado, has recently joined the nonprofit ...  Read more »

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Nov 30, 2018 I
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Family Literacy Friday: A family’s future changes at Plano Family Literacy School

Rocio grew up on the U.S.-Mexican border as the youngest of five children. After later having a child of her own, she began attending Plano Family Literacy School (PFLS), a local partner of the ...  Read more »

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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.

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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