National Center for Families Learning

Literacy is at the root of a person’s ability to succeed, and the family is at the heart. Since 1989, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has helped more than two million families of all backgrounds make educational and economic progress by pioneering—and continuously improving—family literacy and family learning programs.

The emphasis is on family literacy because—study after study shows that family, home, and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. The family literacy approach harnesses the strength of parent-child bonds. Family and Child Education (FACE) programs build success for that parent/child relationship by strengthening their confidence, increasing their educational ability, and broadening their outlook for success, while infusing tribal language and culture in program implementation. The results have an impact on a personal level for the family, as well as a broader impact on the community.

Every parent is an asset; every family is a resource. By working together, we help families create their own learning networks. Whether through obtaining a high school credential, reading on grade level, or pursuing higher education, the results pave the way for economic self-sufficiency and propel families toward achieving their dreams, and our country toward collective success. Since 1989, more than 2 million families in more than 150 communities across the country have been impacted by programs developed by NCFL. The NCFL team has pioneered the concept of families learning and serving together to raise literacy levels and improve communities.

Families We Serve
Over our 28-year history with the FACE program, we have helped change the lives of thousands of American Indian families across the country by providing literacy strategies, programming, and resources. Engaging multiple generations together has been a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of NCFL’s work, because we know this holistic approach creates a stronger impact and greater success for families.

What We Do
Based on 28 years of research and analysis of FACE programs, NCFL has supported literacy and education for American Indian families by developing, implementing, and documenting innovative and promising two-generation practices, networks, and learning tools.

NCFL provides the professional development and technical assistance support to the FACE program, and has done so for 26 years. Learn more about the results of FACE and NCFL’s two-generation solutions here. For more information on NCFL’s services and resources, download our brochure here, or visit our website at You can also subscribe to receive information from any one of the many NCFL blasts at