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May 15, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: A thank you note

This Tell Us Your Story edition is perfect for the week following Mother's Day. Mrs RJ submitted this post. Thanks for sharing with us your earliest literacy memory! "My earliest literacy memories ...  Read more »

May 12, 2008 I
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Literacy tips from Sharon in honor of Mother's Day

Yesterday's Lexington Herald-Leader featured an editorial by NCFL President Sharon Darling in honor of Mother's Day. Here are a few activities she suggests to help moms give literacy a boost at ...  Read more »

May 8, 2008 I
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Applications online for new Dollar General Early Literacy initiative

Calling all early childhood programs! NCFL is now accepting applications to participate in an innovative initiative based on the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). Three to five ...  Read more »

Apr 28, 2008 I
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Culivating Readers now in Spanish!

To celebrate El Día de los Niños – the holiday on April 30 that recognizes children as the center of the Latino family, NCFL is excited to announce a free new resource for teachers and ...  Read more »

Apr 21, 2008 I
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From Sharon: Nominate a student speaker!

NCFL needs your ideas and suggestions on student speakers for the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy! If you attended this year's conference, you know how fabulous the student speakers were. ...  Read more »

Apr 16, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: Part II

Today is our second post from one of our readers! Here is Darla's answer to the question, "If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the ...  Read more »

Apr 14, 2008 I
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NCFL meets with the Salvation Army

Last week, Sharon Darling, Janet Fulton and I had the chance to travel to Atlanta and meet with representatives from the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army has implemented family literacy ...  Read more »

Apr 9, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: Part I

NCFL is proud to roll out the first post from one of the attendees at our conference.  Jessica completed the Tell Us Your Story survey last week, and we are excited to share with you her earliest ...  Read more »

Apr 4, 2008 I
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NCFL Conference Closes Out With A Bang

As promised, here's a few of our Closing Brunch highlights. Thanks to all of you for being part of this year's event. We hope it was all that you hoped for! (And if you are looking at your ...  Read more »

Apr 1, 2008 I
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2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Winner

Congratulations to the 2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Award winner.... The Boston Digital Bridge Foundation's Technology Goes Home @ School Program at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School has been ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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 $35 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 and NCFL

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®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

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.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

Visit the Foundation website

Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Better World Books

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

Foundation Website

Goodling Institute

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.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University