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Sep 4, 2019 I
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Featured speakers announced for ​​2019 Families Learning Conference

The National Center for Families Learning will present the 2019 Families Learning Conference Nov. 4-6 in Louisville, KY. This year's Conference will be one for the books, as NCFL celebrates 30 ...  Read more »

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Aug 29, 2019 I
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Community builders: Getting started

When starting a meeting, event, or new cohort, it is natural to want to get participants warmed up with a community builder activity. With so many community building ideas out there, how do you go ...  Read more »

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Aug 27, 2019 I
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Wonderopolis® becomes first nonprofit to feature Microsoft Immersive Reader

Just in time for the beginning of a new school year, Wonderopolis®, an award-winning website that cultivates student curiosity, is adding a powerful new tool—Microsoft’s Immersive ...  Read more »

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Aug 19, 2019 I
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Guest post: The search for mirrors in children's literature

The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This post is authored by Debbie Reese, who is tribally enrolled at Nambé Pueblo, a sovereign ...  Read more »

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Aug 11, 2019 I
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Three tips for making the most of the 2019 Families Learning Conference

This guest blog post is authored by Kendra Smiley, Arizona Statewide Family Engagement Center Director at the National Center for Families Learning. Before I was an employee at the National ...  Read more »

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Aug 6, 2019 I
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Join NCFL's Conference Ambassador Referral Program!

Are you looking for a way to save on your Conference registration fee? Have a knack for social media and email communications? Help recruit new attendees to the 2019 Families Learning Conference and ...  Read more »

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Jul 16, 2019 I
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Tips [and a template!] for making your case to attend the 2019 Families Learning Conference

This November 4-6, the Families Learning Conference is returning to Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning! We want YOU to join our ...  Read more »

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Jul 10, 2019 I
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Guest post: How parents help their children to become readers

The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This post is authored by Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University ...  Read more »

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Jun 28, 2019 I
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Sessions and speakers added to the 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule!

The 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule of sessions has been published and we’re excited for what’s in store! This year, the Conference will offer concurrent sessions in seven content ...  Read more »

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Jun 21, 2019 I
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Building stronger families and stronger communities: From family involvement to family engagement

What does learning look like? Picture two classrooms. In Classroom A, students sit at desks arranged in straight rows facing the board. They listen as a teacher imparts their wisdom. Some take notes. ...  Read more »

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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

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, they invested in the organization’s 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 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®.

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 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.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

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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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.

Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University