Literacy is the very foundation of all learning and the pathway to liberation for every human being. 

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Register today for CLI's Kindergarten Workshop – Enhancing Equity and Inclusion in Kindergarten Read Alouds.

Gain tools and knowledge to create inclusive kindergarten classrooms that celebrate diversity. Attend our in-person workshop to harness the power of diverse storytelling!
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Beyond the Bookshelf – Supporting teachers and empowering children for educational equity and joy.

Make a lasting impact on education through the power of literature, supporting teachers, and empowering students for education equity.
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Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Literacy – CLI’s 2023 Impact Report is here!

We are excited to share our Impact Report for fiscal year 2023. It celebrates the past year and 35 years of CLI’s work to empower children, educators, and communities through literacy.
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Our 2022-23 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
Classrooms served
Educators Served
Schools Served

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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Teaching & Coaching Resources

Downloadable Resources

Educators must be equipped with adequate resources and tools to successfully transition to distance learning. The downloadable documents outlined below provide teachers and coaches the roadmap to continue providing impactful instruction. 

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Literacy Education and Resource Network

LEARN, is a free, go at your own pace website from Children’s Literacy Initiative that provides educators with a comprehensive, expanding, and research-based resource to read about, watch, and discuss the best practices for comprehensive early literacy instruction.

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Dr. Diana Greene Joins CLI as New CEO

Veteran educator Dr. Diana L. Greene brings extensive expertise in K-12 educational leadership, effective literacy instruction, and a deep commitment to supporting teachers and children.
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Learn how you can use ESSER funding to amplify learning recovery.

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Her Legacy. Their Future. A Donor Story

We celebrate our supporters as they demonstrate their commitment to a shared vision for literacy.
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CLI Announces Jason Reynolds as its Literacy Champion!

Jason Reynolds joins CLI as Literacy Champion to raise awareness and drive donations for Literacy to Liberation Campaign.

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We’ve changed our mission to better reflect our work, purpose, and the children we serve. Learn more today!

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Stay Connected!

Are you interested in learning more? If you have any questions about CLI, our services, or how you can join our community of supporters, please contact us. See our regional office locations and contact information below. You can also submit an inquiry online. We look forward to hearing from you.

Liberating, Innovating and Transforming Education

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