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Jul 15, 2008 I
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Reader submission: Tell us your story

If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the next five years, what would it be? I have an idea that I think will help those children and ...  Read more »

Jul 11, 2008 I
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KarmaTube, summer slide and 'The Electric Company' This website describes itself as "... a collection of short, 'do something' videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take. Our mission is to spread the good." Instead ...  Read more »

Jul 10, 2008 I
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Free summer fun at

Looking for more fun ideas for the summer? Whether you are a parent or an educator, offers free educational resources to keep kids and families learning while having a good ...  Read more »

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FACE Parent Essay Winner #6

Today is the final installment of our FACE Parent Essay winners.  We hope you've enjoyed reading them and learning more about the participants and how FACE touches so many lives! Crystal ...  Read more »

Jul 7, 2008 I
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It's not too late!

Don't forget to register for NCFL's August trainings! All trainings include materials, continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments. Foundations in Family Literacy (August 5 to 6) All Your ...  Read more »

Jul 4, 2008 I
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Literacy Voices Roundup - July 4

Have a great holiday! The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap This PDF is a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center. Will Audio Books Help to Solve the Literacy ...  Read more »

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Our friends from Better World Books!

NCFL's own Emily Kirkpatrick met up with some friends from Better World Books at the 2008 ALA Conference. We are pleased to work with libraries across the country to support literacy!  Read more »

Jul 2, 2008 I
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Enjoy Golf and Support NCFL!

NCFL has received two tickets from the 2008 Ryder Cup Charitable Ticket Program, and you can bid on them right now on eBay! The winning bidder will receive two Season Tickets to the 2008 Ryder Cup ...  Read more »

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Literacy Voices Roundup - June 27

Turning on Technology Ferryway School in Malden, Massachusetts, incorporates science, math, design and technology for an interactive unit. They chose to embrace a project-learning strategy to ...  Read more »

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From Sharon: "Reach Higher, America" report released today

This morning, The National Commission on Adult Literacy released the Reach Higher, America report on the crisis and solutions for adult education and workforce preparation. I serve as one of the ...  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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