2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

The 2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year awards and recognizes the positive impact of teachers who engage families in school- and community-based educational programming.

NCFL is committed to promoting the winning educators’ success by sharing participating family stories and highlighting the impact of the first place $20,000 grant award and the second place $5,000 grant award on the designated programs. Applications will be evaluated using the following award selection criteria.


• Winning educators must work for a school- or community-based program that engages families in the educational process. The location of the program must be in the United States of America.

• Winning educators will be asked to participate in NCFL’s extensive outreach activities to promote their practices and programs, including, but not limited to, participation in the 2019 NCFL Families Learning Conference.

• Award funds must be expended on the designated family engagement project between December 2019 and December 2020.

• Award winners will commit to sharing project and family stories with NCFL on an ongoing basis, particularly through requested communications throughout the year, including NCFL social media platforms and an end-of-year report.

• Each family educator must be nominated by someone who knows the nominee’s work well and has extensive knowledge of the nominee’s strengths, approaches, and collective positive impact on behalf of children and families.

Winning Award Criteria:

NCFL is looking for school- or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices. Specifically, NCFL wants to reward family teachers who:

• Serve parents and children using a strong two-generation approach to helping them learn together in innovative ways.

• Have a demonstrated record of success.

• Implement innovative ideas for expanding their program to benefit families and/or to engage more families.

• Serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.

• Would be successful at communicating promising practices to peers across the nation. 

Additional Information:

Anyone with comprehensive knowledge about the nominee is eligible to complete the nomination form. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms. Self-nominations will be disqualified.

For your convenience, you can download a PDF version of this application to view all questions before beginning your nomination.

When you are ready to complete your application, please complete the required information and confirmations, and submit your nomination letter and optional attachments in this online form. Optional attachments do not count against the character count.

Please submit your nomination no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 21, 2019. Incomplete nominations or late submissions will not be accepted.

For assistance or questions, please contact Karen Richardson at KRichardson@familieslearning.org.

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NCFL Partners

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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

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.

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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.

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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