About Toyota and NCFL Partnership
The National Center for Families Learning understands families today can learn anytime, anywhere. Learning is no longer confined to the textbook or inside school walls. We also know that children and adults need to learn in ways that are engaging and relevant to real-life situations.
Simultaneously, the nation is awakening to the potential of learning beyond the school walls through parent and family engagement, and noted experts realize the potential value of mobile learning. The National Education Technology Plan advocates for diverse learning environments that utilize a "wider set of 'educators,' including . . . parents, experts, and mentors outside the classroom. It also should be used to enable 24/7 and lifelong learning."
These are vital elements in realizing the nation's goals to improve education.
That’s why Toyota Family Learning was created.
Toyota Family Learning has been a multi-generational solution to educational challenges that responds to societal changes and opportunities. This movement, which expanded into 16 communities nationwide, has been a harbinger for Family Service Learning—families learning and achieving together and mentoring each other—and a visible partner in environmental stewardship, financial literacy, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
This 6-year nationwide initiative, led by NCFL and funded by Toyota, was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse families to roll up their sleeves and build stronger communities. NCFL knows that when children and families solve community issues together, they are simultaneously learning and applying 21st-century college and career readiness skills.
Key elements of Toyota Family Learning included
- Grants for communities to fund online and offline intergenerational learning programs for vulnerable families, built on four cornerstones: Parent Time, Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®, Family Service Learning, and Family Mentoring
- An online community that inspired grantee site families to learn and thrive together, Family Time Machine; and
- Family Trails, the mobile learning adventure arm of Toyota Family Learning begun in 2015 to inspire families nationwide to learn through family exploration and adventure.
Click here to read the results of Goodling Institute for Family Literacy at Penn State University's independent evaluation of 2014-15 Toyota Family Learning programming, which served 296 predominately low-income families (including 860 children).