NCFL Family Learning launches three new Louisville sites
Ten total sites serve vulnerable families
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 23, 2017) – Ronald Triplett says enrolling in NCFL Family Learning at 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Family Initiative has completely changed his life. Triplett, a single father of four teenagers, attended weekly meetings to learn how to better connect with his children and be the best role model for them. This fall, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is expanding its NCFL Family Learning program to three additional sites in Louisville. Parents and children may now participate at Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc., Newcomer Academy, and Dawson Orman Early Childhood. This expansion brings the total program sites in Louisville to 10, among nine grantees.
The three new sites have already begun the free program. Registration is still open and families are encouraged to sign up.
“The program allowed me to look at parenting from a different point of view and helped me expand my paternal skills,” Triplett said. “I thought I knew it all, but I quickly realized there was a lot more I needed to learn to be the best dad I could be. This was the right thing to do for my family.”
NCFL Family Learning is a research-based model that consists of adult skill building, child skill building, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®, Parent Time, and Family Service Learning. High-impact strategies used in the model include community service projects that build social capital within neighborhoods and among families.
In the Catholic Charities program, families are spending 10 hours a week working and serving together. The site, located at Holy Cross High School in Shively, focuses primarily on vulnerable families learning English.
“The NCFL Family Learning program will help children with their confidence by teaching them that they are valued by their parents,” said Zeljana Javorek, English language school manager at Catholic Charities of Louisville. “It will build stronger relationships between parents and children, improve communication within the whole family, and help the children’s academic performance.”
All 10 sites will select a Family Service Learning project participants feel is relevant to their respective community.
Triplett and other 2NOT1 families focused on an anti-violence Family Service Learning project over the summer. Parents and their children researched anti-violence topics and ways to prevent violence in the city, including the connection between school attendance and violence.
NCFL’s mission is to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. The national nonprofit works with more than 140 community partners across the U.S.
“The NCFL approach is a solution for families to learn together and engage in community-based projects while gaining everyday life skills,” said Sharon Darling, NCFL president and founder. “Parents learn to help their children succeed in and outside the classroom, and build important technology, language, literacy, and job skills.”
The three sites announced today are in addition to five other NCFL Family Learning program sites and two Toyota-funded sites in Louisville. Programs are in the following locations:
· AMPED- Academy of Music Production Education and Development
· 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Family Initiative
· Louisville Urban League
· Newcomer Academy
· Americana Community Center
· Louisville Free Public Library- (Main Library and Okolona Elementary)
· McFerran Preparatory Academy
· Dawson Orman Education Center
· Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc. (Holy Cross High School)
Funding for the Family Learning Louisville expansion was provided by the James Graham Brown Foundation, PNC Bank, C.E. and S. Foundation, Gheens Foundation, Lift a Life Foundation, Snowy Owl Foundation, Cralle Foundation, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and an anonymous donor.
More than 4 million families across the country have participated in family literacy programs through NCFL since 1989. In that time, NCFL’s two-generation programs have been brought to life in 38 states.
ABOUT NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILIES LEARNING
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is a national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Partnering with educators, literacy advocates, and policymakers, NCFL develops and provides programming, professional development, and resources from the classroom to the community that empower and raise families to achieve their potential. For more information on NCFL visit familieslearning.org.
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