Today’s Literacy Advocate is based in Louisville, Kentucky, and has the support of companies such as Toyota and Dollar General. Plus, they are partners of multiple nonprofit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Better World Books. Literacy Advocate No. 4 is a facilitator for multiple programs across the nation that have reached over 1 million people since its founding in 1989.
Who could it be?
The National Center for Families Learning focuses on two-generation practices that enhance not only the child’s literacy, but the parents’ as well. Their programs’ involvement span across multiple platforms; families, educators, schools, libraries, and even other community-based nonprofit organizations.
I could spend an entire mini-series on just the programs NCFL facilitates. For now, I’ll explain some of the biggest programs and resources they offer.
- Toyota Family Learning is an initiative that promotes low-income and minority families to read and learn together. English language learning is utilized within the Toyota Family Learning communities. The program encourages learning outside of a classroom with other families and applying that knowledge by coming together to solve community issues through service projects.
- With the help of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the NCFL created an app called Renegade Buggies wherein both the child and parent learn basic financial literacy skills regarding budgets. Last year, the app received the Instructional Game of the Year award by the Institute for Financial Literacy.
- The NCFL not only works to improve literacy, but also to increase the number of literacy advocates through professional development. Through services such as career counseling and advocate training, NCFL has empowered more than 150,000 people with the skills for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Title One teachers and administrators, and family literacy instructors.
- Last but certainly not least, NCFL has created a National Literacy Directory that connects families and adults with literacy programs near them. This way, if you want to improve your family’s literacy, but do not know where to find a support program, you can find one here. Also, if it is a little overwhelming, there is a toll free number you can call to receive a personalized program referral.
Wow, that’s a lot of information! There is still so much that this organization has to offer. If want to know more, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, or sign up to receive one of their many newsletters.
Do you have an NCFL program in your area? How has your experience with it been? Let me know in the comments below!