National Center for Family Literacy

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) (formally known as the National Center for Family Literacy) is an organization set up to create educational and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents in the United States.


NCFL is a national nonprofit organizationn with a mission to help parents and children learn together. Since 1989, more than 1 million families have made education and economic progress as a result of NCFL's work. NCFL pioneers family literacy models, and approaches that improve the lives of the nation's at-risk children and families.


NCFL works with administrators, policy makers, practitioners and funders to:

  • Provide leadership for literacy development in families
  • Promote policies at the national and state level to support literacy development in families
  • Create and support systems that will help develop and sustain family literacy programs
  • Design, develop and demonstrate family literacy practices that address the needs of families.
  • Deliver professional development that includes training, technical assistance, and materials
  • Identify and disseminate research to expand the knowledge base of family literacy


The National Center for Families Learning partners with Better World Books, Toyota, and other reputable literacy advocates to help fund its many initiatives.


  • Connecting families and work: family literacy bridges the gap (2003)
  • The family literacy answer book : a guidebook for teachers and administrators of family literacy programs (1997)


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