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Aug 8, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - August 8

Overcoming Technology Barriers: How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support From Edutopia.com, get five easy, practical steps toward better digital integration in your classroom. Young writers, ...  Read more »

Aug 5, 2008 I
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"Literacy is the touchstone"

"Back to basics at school" from The Indianapolis Star - Center Grove tweaks school curriculum to put even more emphasis on literacy as part of most subjects. "We really believe literacy is the ...  Read more »

Aug 4, 2008 I
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Guest post!

Jordan just completed a 10-week internship at NCFL. She came to NCFL from Yale University, but she's from Lexington, KY (and the first one in her family to go to college!). We were so glad to have ...  Read more »

Aug 1, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - August 1

30 Days — Life on an Indian Reservation This is an episode from the series 30 Days, hosted by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me).  This time he lives with a family on the Navajo Nation.  ...  Read more »

Jul 30, 2008 I
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Guest post!

As a human resources professional, I know how important literacy skills are in today's workplace. That's why I was so excited to see that I could support NCFL while attending the Society of Human ...  Read more »

Jul 25, 2008 I
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Toddler literacy, superheroes teaching reading and the "gender gap"

There's a lot going on the literacy realm this week.  Hope you enjoy this edition of Literacy Voices Roundup. Authors unite against drive for toddler literacy "A powerful lobby of leading ...  Read more »

Jul 23, 2008 I
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And the winners are...

As part of the Dollar General Early Literacy Initiative, early childhood programs were invited to apply to receive parent materials and have early literacy parent workshops delivered at their program ...  Read more »

Jul 21, 2008 I
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A night of storytelling fun at Mini-Versity

Last Thursday evening, more than 30 families came to Louisville's Mini-Versity to learn more about supporting their children's literacy through storytelling. Storytelling is an easy way to support ...  Read more »

Jul 18, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - July 18

Fewer Students Read Between Lines A few weeks ago, we posted about the release of the Reach Higher, America report that highlights the growing shortage of an educated, skilled workforce. This ...  Read more »

Jul 17, 2008 I
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From Sharon: The importance of parental involvement

Parental involvement pays off. And in a study by Karen Smith Conway and Andrew Houtenville, that involvement adds up to about $1,000 per student. Their report, "Parental Effort, School Resources, ...  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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