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We're Turning 30!

What started as the efforts of a Philadelphia librarian to help children read at grade-level, has become a national education non-profit that impacts the lives and professions of over 70,00 children and more than 5,000 educators per year, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary.
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Blueprint is the premiere pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) early literacy curriculum that ensures children are kindergarten ready.

Deliver Excellent Instruction

Packed with authentic reading and writing experiences and engaging purposeful play, this curriculum will help teachers create a high-interest, literate, and vibrant classroom community.

Build Lifelong Learners

The gains made in preschool are fundamental to a child’s development and academic success. To make those necessary gains, children must first and foremost develop a positive attitude towards learning and literacy. Our curriculum is designed to spark children’s love of reading, writing, and learning.

Enhance Teacher Capacity

As a professional development organization, we have spent 30 years developing & enhancing teachers' knowledge of effective literacy practices. We understand what it takes to create lessons that promote high-quality instruction and we have infused our expertise throughout Blueprint.

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Transforming Literacy Instruction

  • 30 Years of Experience

    Founded in 1988, CLI helps educators serving high-need student populations learn high-impact instructional strategies and nurture dynamic professional learning communities that continue the trajectory of improvement in schools.

  • Validated Approach

    In 2010, CLI won a highly competitive $21.7 million Validation grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund to implement its program in 38 schools in four urban school districts.

  • Proven Impact

    Our i3 Validation project found statistically significant results for CLI’s impact on teacher practice and student learning. Our approach and results are now part of the prestigous What Works Clearinghouse – the premiere source of scientific evidence for what works in education.

  • Expanded Reach

    Using results from i3 Validation, CLI won, as the highest-scoring applicant, a prestigious, $19 million i3 Scale-up grant to expand into 27 public schools across the country in Broward County (FL), Denver, Elizabeth (NJ), and Houston.

  • Powerful Partnerships

    CLI helps districts reach critical early literacy goals. The School District of Philadelphia saw positive results after CLI provided full-time literacy coaches to 58 of its lowest performing schools, an initiative now serving nearly every public elementary school in the district.

  • Sustained Impact & ROI

    Schools served by CLI’s i3 Validation project in Philadelphia and Chicago are still outperforming the control schools from that study on third grade standardized assessments.