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

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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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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

ESSER II & ARP Funds

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CHANGE STARTS WITH US

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.

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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.
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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.
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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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Support Children's Literacy Initiative

Your investment will enable CLI and its partners to normalize anti-racist, culturally sustaining early literacy instruction and catalyze generational impact at the onset of every Black and Latinx child's literacy journey.
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DOWNLOADABLE Resources

Distance Teaching & Coaching 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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Professional Development

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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Stay Informed!

Sign up for The Read, CLI's quarterly
e-newsletter, for regular updates on our work with students and educators, inspiring stories from Literacy Champions in the communities we serve, and book recommendations to promote early literacy in school and at home.

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Liberating, Innovating and Transforming Education

Join a movement of supporters and advocates for reading and literacy outcomes, and drive equity and racial justice in education

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OUR TEACHERS ARE HEROES

Celebrating Teachers on the Frontline

Our teachers are HEROES! And they deserve to be celebrated! This year, to celebrate our teachers, we kick-off our Heroes celebration of teachers working on the frontlines! Join us, as we share a series of thank yous to just some of the special teachers we work with across our regions.

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ANNUAL REPORT

Learning Transformed


See our 2020 Annual Report!

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.

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