What is family literacy?

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Family literacy is a proven intergenerational approach that improves the literacy, language and life skills of both parents and children. Learning together, families discover new pathways to success. To read more about family literacy, click here.

Can NCFL send me free resources that will help me to support family literacy at home or in the classroom?

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There are a wide variety of resources that you can access for little to no cost via NCFL’s website. Many are free for you to print and others you can order online. Whether you’re a parent, an educator or a supporter there are resources available to fit your needs. Check out our Free Resources pages to find what you’re looking for.

How do I make a donation?

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There are many different ways in which you can make a donation to NCFL. If you have a question about an individual donation, a tribute donation, scheduling a repeat or monthly gift, making an in-kind donation, awarding a grant or funding, or transferring a stock, please visit How to Support Family Literacy and explore all the ways you can make a gift to NCFL.

How can I make a book donation?

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NCFL gladly accepts donated books for the use of its many families in various programs. An even better donation you can make, however, is to give your used books to Better World Books on behalf of NCFL. When those books are sold a portion of the proceeds will be given to NCFL so that we may continue to help parents and children in need. To find out more about this initiative, visit www.betterworldbooks.com.

Will I get a receipt for my donation?

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NCFL will send an acknowledgement letter to thank you for your donation. If you donate online, the acknowledgment will arrive via email. If you donate through the mail, you will receive your acknowledgment via traditional post.

Will my donation be used wisely?

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NCFL is proud to say that we only use 3 percent of our funds towards additional fundraising and administrative costs. The rest goes to where it should: toward helping families struggling with low literacy. NCFL has also earned the Better Business Bureau’s charity seal, a designation that confirms our compliance with BBB’s standards. Please check out our rating at www.charitynavigator.org to view our outstanding record of efficiency.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

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Since NCFL is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, all donations to NCFL are tax-deductible.

How can I influence educational policy?

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Like any important social issue, family literacy needs your support so that families’ lives can continue to benefit from organizations like NCFL. You can learn about current legislation that affects literacy programming in the Policy & Advocacy page. Be sure to contact your local legislator and let them know that literacy is an important issue to you; make your voice heard!

How can I be removed from the mailing list?

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If you do not wish to receive any mail from NCFL, please let us know via our Contact Us form. Please include your full name and which communications you no longer wish to receive.

How can I unsubscribe from the email list?

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All emailed communications from NCFL offer an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of the page. Click on that link and follow the directions to unsubscribe from the email list.

How can I reduce the amount or frequency of mail that I receive from NCFL?

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One way to cut back on mail sent to your household from NCFL is to reduce the number of solicitation letters we send to you. Consider making a monthly donation as an easy way to continue to donate to NCFL while cutting back on the mail you receive. Visit the Donate Now page to set up a monthly giving plan, or visit How to Support Family Literacy to learn more about this option.

How can I contact NCFL?

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NCFL’s address is:

325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202

Contact us via this website.

You can call us at (502) 584-1133, or send a fax to (502) 584-0172.

NCFL Partners

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 $35 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 and NCFL

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®.

Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website

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.

PNC Grow Up Great

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.

Visit the Foundation website

Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Better World Books

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.

Foundation Website

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.

Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University