Family Learning Partnership

NHSA is excited to be launching a partnership with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) that will provide grants of over $160,000 over three years to five Head Start programs to enhance their family engagement work by incorporating NCFL's Family Learning program. The 5 finalist Head Start sites selected by the committee review process were awarded at the 2016 NHSA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Grant Recipients

  • East Side House, INC. Bronx, New York
  • Education Alliance, INC. New York, New York
  • Genesee Intermediate School District. Flint, Michigan
  • Guilford Child Development. Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Adelante Mujeres. Forest Grove, Oregon

NCFL Family Learning Components

  • Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time — intergenerational programming, activities and learning — that occurs in the child’s classroom or the organization’s existing programs for families during day or evening hours as well as in communities and homes. These opportunities offer time for parents to observe children learning and also practice learning and developing key academic and life skills with their children.
  • Parent Time that includes issues relevant to cultural diversity, acculturating parents into the American education system, preparation for effective support of the child’s  education, life and parenting skills, opportunities and strategies for parent involvement in their child’s education in school and at home, leadership and school decision opportunities, service learning and community challenges, civic engagement and volunteerism, family support, literacy and basic skill development, and work-related issues.
  • Family Service Learning that includes activities to engage more than one generation in learning together through NCFL’s comprehensive Family Service Learning process. Each family will be expected to engage in the process of developing and implementing at least two projects.
  • Online and offline events and outreach that include NCFL Family Learning Family Orientation, graduation events, family sharing of project activities, and NCFL-led communications opportunities to promote sites at local and national levels. Grantees will be expected to collaborate closely with NCFL on event and outreach activities.

Watch a webinar about Family Learning and the Grant Opportunity (recorded 2/11/16)

See how one Early Head Start program is implementing Family Learning!

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