Children’s Literacy Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
working with pre-k through 3rd grade teachers to improve early literacy instruction so that
children become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.Our goal is to close the literacy achievement gap between
disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers.
Two thirds of american children cannot read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.
In low-income neighborhoods there is only 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.
In coaching, teachers work with a master educator before, during and after a lesson, getting feedback on their implementation of a newly learned teaching skill.
Coaches & mentors are found to be highly effective in helping teachers implement a new skill.
Numerous studies have shown coaching to be successful at changing teacher practice and improving student learning.
We Coach Teachers
One-on-one and in small groups in the classroom – providing demonstrations and feedback that help teachers incorporate effective literacy practices into their daily work with students.
We Stock Classrooms
We provide curated collections of high-quality children’s literature and a variety of other learning materials important to successful literacy instruction.
We Provide Workshops & Seminars
to build teacher’s knowledge of literacy content and pedagogy. We also extend our services with online professional development resources.
We’ve received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy!
Library of Congress
CLI was awarded the 2017 David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor in the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program for making an outstanding and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels.
i3 Validation Grant
CLI received the highly prestigious Dept. of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to implement its early-childhood literacy program with kindergarten through second grade teachers.
Sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency have earned CLI a Gold Participant rating.
UPenn’s Center for High-Impact Philanthropy identified CLI as on organization where charitable dollars can do the most good.
i3 Scale-Up Grant
As the single highest rated applicant CLI was awarded its second grant from the Dept. of Education to expand its work into an additional 4 urban school districts.