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May 15, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: A thank you note

This Tell Us Your Story edition is perfect for the week following Mother's Day. Mrs RJ submitted this post. Thanks for sharing with us your earliest literacy memory! "My earliest literacy memories ...  Read more »

May 12, 2008 I
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Literacy tips from Sharon in honor of Mother's Day

Yesterday's Lexington Herald-Leader featured an editorial by NCFL President Sharon Darling in honor of Mother's Day. Here are a few activities she suggests to help moms give literacy a boost at ...  Read more »

May 8, 2008 I
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Applications online for new Dollar General Early Literacy initiative

Calling all early childhood programs! NCFL is now accepting applications to participate in an innovative initiative based on the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). Three to five ...  Read more »

Apr 28, 2008 I
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Culivating Readers now in Spanish!

To celebrate El Día de los Niños – the holiday on April 30 that recognizes children as the center of the Latino family, NCFL is excited to announce a free new resource for teachers and ...  Read more »

Apr 21, 2008 I
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From Sharon: Nominate a student speaker!

NCFL needs your ideas and suggestions on student speakers for the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy! If you attended this year's conference, you know how fabulous the student speakers were. ...  Read more »

Apr 16, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: Part II

Today is our second post from one of our readers! Here is Darla's answer to the question, "If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the ...  Read more »

Apr 14, 2008 I
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NCFL meets with the Salvation Army

Last week, Sharon Darling, Janet Fulton and I had the chance to travel to Atlanta and meet with representatives from the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army has implemented family literacy ...  Read more »

Apr 9, 2008 I
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Tell us your story: Part I

NCFL is proud to roll out the first post from one of the attendees at our conference.  Jessica completed the Tell Us Your Story survey last week, and we are excited to share with you her ...  Read more »

Apr 4, 2008 I
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NCFL Conference Closes Out With A Bang

As promised, here's a few of our Closing Brunch highlights. Thanks to all of you for being part of this year's event. We hope it was all that you hoped for! (And if you are looking at your ...  Read more »

Apr 1, 2008 I
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2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Winner

Congratulations to the 2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Award winner.... The Boston Digital Bridge Foundation's Technology Goes Home @ School Program at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School has been ...  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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