We work with teachers to ensure
all children have the power of literacy.

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Fighting Social Injustice

The continued senseless violence perpetrated in communities of color must stop. It starts with all of us. Our organization is committed to doing our part in facilitating productive conversations about social injustice and racial equity.

Our Response

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Teachers, Coaches & Families

We've created new resources to help teachers, coaches, and families continue
to provide the early literacy instruction our children need at home.

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COVID-19 Response

A Letter from Our CEO

The world has changed, but our mission remains the same. 

Our Response


Empower a Child Today

Help us create powerful readers, writers and thinkers. 

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Our 2019-20 School Year

We stand out from other organizations providing books and professional development – our programs are independently evaluated and proven to transform learning outcomes for children.
Students Served
Schools served
Educators Served
Books Distributed

Transforming Literacy Instruction

We coach teachers in-person, virtually and through blended learning, stock classrooms, and provide workshops & seminars on research-based early literacy best practices to improve instruction so children become powerful, readers, writers and thinkers.

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.
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Sustained Impact

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.
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Proven Impact

The American Institutes of Research report on a randomized control trial evaluation of CLI’s i3 Validation project found statistically significant results for our impact on teacher practice and student learning. Our approach and results are now part of the What Works Clearinghouse.

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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 cities.
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Powerful Partnerships

Pivoting its 30+ years’ experience while facing the COVID-19 pandemic, CLI provided teacher coaching and training to support schools and early literacy instruction in the virtual world. Shifting from an in-person model, CLI met the unique needs of educators and students as they transitioned to distance learning.

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Expanded Reach

Using results from i3 Validation, CLI in 2015 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.
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Learning Transformed

Our 2020 Annual Report is here!

Click here to see our impact, how we help both teachers and children, and how your donations make that possible in the communities we serve.




A NEW comprehensive Pre-K curriculum from Children's Literacy Initiative.

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