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Jun 22, 2021 I
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Wonderopolis® introduces new Explorer Program

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 ...  Read more »

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Jun 15, 2021 I
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Nominations open for 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Classrooms across the country faced unique challenges and uncertainties this school year, but still teachers discovered new and meaningful ways to reach their students each and every day. As the ...  Read more »

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Jun 1, 2021 I
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Family and Child Education program celebrates 30 years

This year, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) celebrate 30 years of service and learning in the Family and Child Education (FACE) program. FACE, a ...  Read more »

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May 10, 2021 I
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Build your knowledge and network at the 2021 Families Learning Conference this fall

Registration is now open for the 2021 Families Learning Conference, which will be held Oct. 25-27 in Dallas. The Families Learning Conference is where passionate people go to discover innovative ...  Read more »

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Apr 26, 2021 I
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Thank a teacher

Teachers mean the world to us, and this year they have faced extraordinary challenges and found new and meaningful ways to reach their students. Many have played additional roles in their students’ ...  Read more »

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Mar 26, 2021 I
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A note from NCFL

Like many other institutions, NCFL is reflecting on the recent mass murders that have taken place over the last several days. Hate and racism motivated some of these tragic events. We stand in ...  Read more »

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Mar 24, 2021 I
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Water, please!

Note: Leila Kubesch is a teacher at Norwood City Schools in Cincinnati and was named the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). As many ...  Read more »

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Mar 11, 2021 I
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Hats off, teachers: how we can teach from the heart during a pandemic

Note: Leila Kubesch is a teacher at Norwood City Schools in Cincinnati and was named the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year by Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Her ...  Read more »

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Mar 4, 2021 I
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Call for Proposals open for 2021 Families Learning Conference

At this time, we are excited to announce that the 2021 Families Learning Conference is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Dallas! While we will continue to monitor future COVID-19 developments, we look ...  Read more »

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Nov 30, 2020 I
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Statewide Family Engagement Centers making strategic, widespread impact amid pandemic

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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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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