NCFL and Toyota Announce New Six-Year Initiative, Starting with Grant Opportunity
Today the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced a new six-year initiative, Toyota Family Learning. One major component of the initiative also kicks off today: NCFL is now accepting grant applications to further family learning beyond the classroom and into homes and communities. Applications are being accepted now through June 24 at: www.toyotafamilylearning.org.
This year, five organizations will be awarded a three-year, $175,000 grant, in addition to a wide range of NCFL training and communication support, learning items, and materials. Grantees will engage vulnerable families in learning together and participating in family mentor and service learning activities. Schools, libraries, and community-based organizations that provide services to families are eligible to apply.
The vision for Toyota Family Learning, fueled by the enduring NCFL-Toyota partnership, is much more than a specific program or model. It will engage not only grantee families but also families across the nation to be a part of modern-day movement for families learning together. Toyota Family Learning will draw the participation of families both online and offline, incorporating digital elements launching later this year including a website, mobile app, social media, and more. The first component of this effort is the current grant opportunity for communities.Tweet
In an effort to raise awareness about local water sources, we are challenging school groups and civic organizations in five NJ counties to “Show Us Your H2O” by submitting creative entries that answer the question “Where does your water come from?” School groups and tax-exempt community groups from Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Middlesex or Somerset counties can choose various formats including photo essay, artwork, map, report, or multi-media presentation to display what they learned.
Two winners, one from a school and one from a civic group, will be selected to have a rain garden designed and installed by the Conservancy on their property as a way to improve their local natural water supply and to serve as a hands-on educational tool for the surrounding community. The contest, which is supported by Johnson & Johnson through the Johnson & Johnson Foundation launched May 8 and has a final deadline of June 8, 2013.
Click here for the promotional ad, press release and website for the contest!
The idea is to attract as many people as possible to the contest in order to increase awareness of our local freshwater resources . We are posting the ad in local newspapers, online community newspapers and doing direct emailing to civic groups and schools. But to help make this contest a success, we need to spread the word far and wide and would love to have the NJ staff contribute. Here’s how you can help:
We think that personally directing people to the website will generate the most support. Here’s how you can help:
- Call any key contacts you have in these counties, describe the contest and direct them to the contest website. Think environmental commissions, watershed associations, school boards, etc.
- Email the promotional ad to colleagues in our target counties
- If you live in or near one of these 5 counties, print out copies of the promotional ad and hand out to your own local community groups
- Also if you live nearby, post copies of the ad in local establishments in any of these 5 counties like libraries, coffee shops, bookstores
Please remember that family members of Conservancy employees and Johnson & Johnson employees are not eligible for this contest. All details for the contest are thoroughly listed on the webpage.Tweet
The NJ Department of Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education is teaming up to provide eligible school-age children with an opportunity to attend a quality, local summer camp program focused on physical activities and nutritional education.
If you are a licensed child care program interested in providing low-income families access to a quality and affordable summer camp, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency at 1-800-332-9227 to sign up.
Limited funding will provide ﬁnancial assistance to selected low and moderate-income families.
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On behalf of the Lakewood BlueClaws, we would like to invite the NJSACC Community Summer Learning and Summer Camps to the following Lakewood BlueClaws Game:
Be sure to mention you are a friend of NJSACC for special ticket rate and the chance for youth to participate in on field activities.
The Lakewood BlueClaws have developed these Summer Learning activities for you to use in Summer Learning programs to learn more about Baseball.
Click on the activities for your grade level below and enjoy:Tweet