Educational Institutions

National Center for Families Learning

  • Louisville, KY
  • www.famlit.org

Mission Statement

NCFL inspires and engages families in the pursuit of education and learning together.

Main Programs

  1. Program Overview
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NCFL provides services in every state.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 1989

Self-reported

Ms. Sharon Darling

Keywords

Self-reported

reading, parent, adult, child, literacy, advocacy, family, education, research, training, schools, early childhood education, familiy education, family literacy

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EIN

61-1159549

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. perform at the lowest levels of literacy. One child in five lives in poverty. The greatest predictor of a child's academic success is the educational achievement of his/her parent. For all of these reasons and more, Sharon Darling pioneered family literacy. In 1989, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust provided her the funds to establish NCFL and family literacy, a program that brings parents and children together in the learning environment to: 1. Improve parents' literacy skills through adult education and English language instruction; 2. Support children's development and early literacy skills through infant/toddler, preschool and/or elementary education; 3. Increase parents' skills as their child's first teachers through a Parent Time, in which other family concerns are also addressed; and 4. Provide opportunities for parent-child interaction (Parent and Child Together Time, or PACT Time) that enhances children's language and literacy development as well as parents' understanding of how children learn. Today NCFL is recognized as the leader in a field of more than 6,000 family literacy programs nationwide. NCFL provides training for educators, researches effective practices, and raises public awareness to expand the learning opportunities for all families.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Program Overview

To date NCFL has provided training and technical assistance to more than 25,000 family literacy practitioners, administrators and others, directly affecting programs in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia. NCFL also manages major research initiatives and provides program evaluation that include collecting and analyzing data on over 7,000 parents and children enrolled in family literacy programs since 1991. NCFL works directly with more than 120 program sites located nationwide. These "labs" demonstrate the power of family literacy and the flexibility of programs to thrive in many environments as well as provide research data for continuous program improvement. NCFL's extensive public awareness work includes legislative advocacy and wide-scale initiatives.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$9,062,190.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

NCFL provides services in every state.

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National Center for Families Learning Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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National Center for Families Learning

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Sharon Darling

BIO

NCFL president and founder Sharon Darling pioneered the family literacy movement. Ms. Darling serves as an advisor on education issues to policy makers, business leaders and foundations. She is a frequent keynote speaker to groups such as the Business Week Fortune 500 Forum and the National Governors' Association. Her awards include: the 2001 National Humanities Medal awarded by the President and Mrs. Bush; Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; and Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George Siemens

LG&E and KU Energy LLC

Term: July 2011 - June 2012

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