Toyota and National Center for Families Learning Announce Second Round of Toyota Family Learning Grants

  Toyota and National Center for Families Learning Announce Second Round of
                        Toyota Family Learning Grants

Past grant recipients have ventured beyond the classroom and into the
community, clocking thousands of hours of family learning and service

PR Newswire

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 6, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Toyota and the
National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) today announced that community
programs across the nation can submit initial applications for the prestigious
Toyota Family Learning grants, which recognize innovation in engaging families
in learning.

The three-year, $175,000 grants are a part of Toyota Family Learning's
pioneering movement to provide opportunities for children and parents to learn
together by funding new service learning and family mentor programs. Five
organizations will be awarded a grant, in addition to a wide range of NCFL
training, communication and technical support, learning items and materials.

Over the course of Toyota Family Learning's six-year initiative, 15 grants
will be awarded. The first round of five grantees included Houston Public
Library, Lincoln Public Schools, and community programs from California, New
York and Rhode Island. In less than six months, these program participants
have:

  oWorked as families to serve their communities—activities include visiting
    senior citizens, beautifying local parks and packaging food for the
    homeless;
  oCompleted approximately 17,000 hours of learning together as a family and
    as a community;
  oReported gains in participating parents' organizational skills, leadership
    skills, and levels of self-efficacy;
  oSeen in an increase in father involvement in literacy activities with
    their families child's school;
  oReported that families are more likely to use technology for educational
    purposes; and
  oReported that families are more likely to interact with their child's
    school.

"The biggest impact comes from the whole family committing to positive and
sustained involvement in learning," said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of
NCFL. "We're pleased with the results we've seen from the first Toyota Family
Learning Grant recipients and eager to expand the implementation network
through this RFP."

"Toyota's more than 20 years of partnership with the NCFL has taught us that
bringing parents and children together to learn works," said Mike Goss, vice
president of external affairs for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
North America, Inc. "That's why we are so excited to announce the second
round of the Toyota Family Learning Grants and proud to support programs
across the country that extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom
and into homes and communities."

Schools, libraries and other community-based organizations that provide
services to families are eligible to apply. Initial applications are being
accepted now through June 23 at www.toyotafamilylearning.org. Submissions will
be evaluated on a number of factors, including strength of existing services,
commitment from community partners, and strength and innovation of proposal. A
select group of organizations will be asked to submit full applications in
July, and award recipients will be notified in August.

In addition to the funding grants, Toyota Family Learning is committed to
engaging families online, offline, and on the go with tools like Family Time
Machine, a website that helps parents and kids make better use of every moment
in the day. More information about Toyota Family Learning can be found here.

About the National Center for Families Learning
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is a national nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping adults and children learn together. NCFL
creates and deploys innovative programs and strategies that support learning,
literacy and family engagement in education. From the classroom to the
community to the digital frontier, NCFL collaborates with educators, advocates
and policy-makers to help families construct hotspots for learning wherever
they go. For more information on NCFL's 24-year track record,
visitwww.familieslearning.org.

About Toyota
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to
building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion
brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and
trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the
U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the
U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars
and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the
past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a
focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment,
we share the company's extensive know-how garnered from building great cars
and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their
ability to do good.(NYSE:TM)

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or
www.toyotanewsroom.com.

SOURCE National Center for Families Learning

Website: http://www.familieslearning.org
Contact: Sara Crumley, SHIFT Communications for NCFL, ncfl@shiftcomm.com,
(415) 591-8457
 
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