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Nov 25, 2008 I
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Shop 'til you drop AND support NCFL

Hitting the malls this weekend? Make sure to swing by your local Barnes & Noble! Not only do books make great gifts, but NCFL receives a portion of the sales if you present our voucher at the time ...  Read more »

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Literacy Voices Roundup - November 21

New Program Teaches Preschoolers Reading Skills, Getting Along With Others From the Literacy and Reading News blog, a study funded by the National Institute of Health and other federal agencies ...  Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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