Policy & Advocacy for Family Literacy
The goal of NCFL’s Policy and Advocacy efforts is to design, assess, advocate and lobby for federal and state policies that sustain and expand family literacy services.
Family literacy practitioners operate in a complex world of legislation, policies and funding opportunities. NCFL, with the help of family literacy supporters nationwide, continues to play a key role in positioning family literacy as an effective educational intervention for our nation’s most disadvantaged families.
NCFL and the family literacy field have strengthened the role of family literacy in a number of federal laws, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Head Start Act, the Workforce Investment Act and the Community Services Block Grant Act, to name a few.
Family Literacy-Related Acts and Possible Funding Sources
Family literacy programs access a variety of funding sources to provide services. Below are some of the more common examples. Click on the links to read more about the programs. If you know of or use a program that is not on the list, please let us know.
U.S. Department of Education
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Workforce Investment Act, Title II)
Federal Work-Study Program (Higher Education Act)
Bureau of Indian Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
“Educating Two Generations” Webinar
Released in March of 2012, this webinar helps to define family literacy for our times – the challenges, new practices, and tools being used for success. Click here to view the entire webinar.