Toyota Family Learning is a multi-generational solution to educational challenges that responds to societal changes and opportunities. This modern-day movement, now in 16 communities nationwide, is a harbinger for Family Service Learning—families learning and achieving together and mentoring each other—and is a visible partner in environmental stewardship, financial literacy, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
This 6-year nationwide initiative, led by NCFL and funded by Toyota, was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse families to roll up their sleeves and build stronger communities. NCFL knows that when children and families solve community issues together, they are simultaneously learning and applying 21st-century college and career readiness skills.
Key elements of Toyota Family Learning include
- Grants for communities to fund online and offline intergenerational learning programs for vulnerable families, built on four cornerstones: Parent Time, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®, Family Service Learning, and Family Mentoring
- An online community that inspires grantee site families to learn and thrive together, Family Time Machine; and
- Family Trails, the mobile learning adventure arm of Toyota Family Learning launched in 2015 to inspire families nationwide to learn through family exploration and adventure.