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Jun 13, 2019 I
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Setting an example: Young children motivating their parents to earn a GED® diploma

Parents and guardians are the first, and often remain the primary, influencer when it comes to how children feel about education and what personal and professional goals they set at an early ...  Read more »

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Jun 10, 2019 I
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Promoting self-efficacy: Recognizing and reinforcing success

In NCFL’s “Meta Analysis of the Studies of High Performing Family Literacy Programs” (2013), eight elements were credited for program success: Quality Teachers Parent and Child Together® ...  Read more »

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Jun 6, 2019 I
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Look who’s kicking off the 2019 Families Learning Conference!

It’s official—Dr. Karen L. Mapp will join the 2019 Families Learning Conference mainstage at our Opening Session Monday, Nov. 4, 2019! Dr. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the ...  Read more »

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Why attend #NCFL19? Hear from your peers!

This year is a BIG year for the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)—we’re celebrating 30 years of helping families get out of poverty! For nearly as long, we’ve also hosted the ...  Read more »

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Apr 23, 2019 I
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Pre-conference session with Tim Shanahan added to 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to present a pre-conference session on early childhood reading achievement ahead of the 2019 Families Learning Conference! The session will ...  Read more »

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Apr 11, 2019 I
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Promoting Self-Efficacy: Scaffolding

Think about the last time you learned something new. Did you jump right in and immediately understand the new concept? Probably not. More likely, you used a number of strategies to help you learn. ...  Read more »

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Apr 10, 2019 I
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Welcome to Wonderopolis®—Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease!®

The WonderPros have teamed up to bring you some introductory FREE webinars about using Wonderopolis® in the classroom as well as extending learning into homes. These 30- 45-minute webinars will ...  Read more »

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Apr 2, 2019 I
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Goal-setting for learners

According to a 2014 article by John Traugott, 76 percent of people who wrote down their goals and shared them with someone were successful. In comparison, only 43 percent of those who didn’t write ...  Read more »

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Mar 26, 2019 I
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Promoting self efficacy: High expectations

Author Les Brown once said, “No one rises to low expectations.” This is no secret in the world of education. Most practitioners discover early in their careers that learners rise to high ...  Read more »

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Mar 18, 2019 I
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NCFL releases ‘Defining Our Work: Families Learning Together’

Family engagement programs that are implemented with intensity and duration can make a difference for families and can support children’s academic achievement. For 30 years, the National Center for ...  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