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May 1, 2020 I
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Friday Round-up: A recap of this week's online learning opportunities

This week, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) shared some common thoughts on time at home, new information on how 18 states have engaged in developing robust family engagement ...  Read more »

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Friday Round-up: A recap of this week's online learning opportunities

Though the coronavirus health crisis continues on, so do new opportunities to learn. This week at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), we shared tips to improve your mental wellbeing, ...  Read more »

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Apr 21, 2020 I
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Engaging high school students and their families during distance learning

As teachers and school staff navigate remote instruction, consider these tips for engaging high schoolers and their families:  Listen to families. Administer surveys to families to gauge the ...  Read more »

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Friday Round-up: A recap of this week's online learning opportunities

Though our current challenges continued this week, new opportunities to learn were created as well. At the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), we shared ways to improve your mental ...  Read more »

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Apr 9, 2020 I
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Behind the behaviors: Expressions of dysregulation

This is the second post of a three-part series about emotional and behavioral regulation in learning environments. You can find the first post here. In Behind the behaviors: Trauma-informed ...  Read more »

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Mar 23, 2020 I
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Nominations now being accepted for 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. —Henry Brooks Adams We are all impacted by teachers. From our early years to adolescence and beyond, the teachers in ...  Read more »

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Behind the behaviors: Trauma-informed education

This is the first of a three-part series about emotional and behavioral regulation in learning environments. One of the newer movements in education over the past decade is trauma-informed ...  Read more »

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Celebrate National Reading Month with your family!

Grab a book, a magazine, or your e-reader! It’s time to celebrate. Tell your program participants, your coworkers,  your students, or your friends. March is National Reading Month! An entire ...  Read more »

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Student speaker nominations now open!

Stories inspire us to take action, affect change, and carry on. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is calling for past and present family literacy and family learning students to share ...  Read more »

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Call for Proposals deadline extended!

Are you a family engagement practitioner interested in sharing what works in your community? Then we have good news! Due to high demand, the Families Learning Conference Call for Proposals deadline ...  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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