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Nov 19, 2008 I
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From Sharon: Congratulations, Springdale!

Today, NCFL is excited to announce that Springdale, Arkansas, has been awarded one of the 2008 Toyota Family Literacy Program (TFLP) grant awards. Springdale faced very stiff competition! NCFL ...  Read more »

Nov 17, 2008 I
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Thinkfinity survey

How are you using the Thinkfinity Literacy Network? Take our short survey, and you could win one of three $100 gift certificates from!The Thinkfinity Literacy Network, managed by ...  Read more »

Nov 14, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - November 14

Mayor to parents: Read to children From The Boston Globe: Forget Mozart CDs and Baby Einstein videos, Boston's mayor is urging parents to teach preschool children the old-fashioned way: by talking, ...  Read more »

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Certificate in Family Literacy from Penn State University

In partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, NCFL has developed and supported the Certificate in Family Literacy — a series of graduate courses available through ...  Read more »

Nov 11, 2008 I
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Building a family literacy program

Thanks to Misti Lauer, 2008 Finalist for the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award, for these words of advice on building a family literacy program. Creating a family literacy program ...  Read more »

Nov 7, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - November 7

Grading with Games: An Interview with James Paul Gee This link from features an interview with Dr. James Paul Gee about video games in the learning process. Dr. Gee is the Mary Lou ...  Read more »

Nov 6, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: Kay Aguilar

Thanks to Kay Aguilar for telling us her story.  If you would like to submit your story, we'd love to hear it! If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of ...  Read more »

Nov 5, 2008 I
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Did you miss some Literacy Now posts?

Last week, the Literacy Now blog experienced some technical difficulties, and those of you who subscribe by e-mail did not receive the posts. The problem is remedied now! Here's a rundown of last ...  Read more »

Nov 3, 2008 I
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Guest post: Grammy-nominated gospel singer Beverly Crawford shares her triumph over illiteracy

Beverly Crawford, famed Gospel singer, joins NCFL as a family literacy ambassador. Read Beverly's post to learn why she is personally committed to NCFL and the family literacy cause. The struggle ...  Read more »

Oct 31, 2008 I
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Special edition of LVR: National Family Literacy Day

Though we are a day early, Happy National Family Literacy Day! Below you will find some ways that NCFL is celebrating, but we would love to hear how you and your family or program are taking part. ...  Read more »

NCFL Partners

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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

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.

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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