CLI affects systemic change that is visible at the classroom, school, district, state, and federal levels.

Students Served
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Our work has been validated by prestigious independent organizations and has garnered national attention for its ability to raise student academic scores while building schools’ internal capacities for teacher professional development.
RFA's Evaluation of Blueprint for Early Literacy
American Institute for Research Results from a Three-Year i3 Impact Evaluation
Currently, we serve more than 3,200 educators and 60,000 Pre-K through 6th grade students across the country – with projects in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – and continue to strive to expand our reach.
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Broward County Public Schools
2020 – 2023
CLI provided intensive coaching, training, and other support to Broward County Public School educators and independent community childcare providers over two years.
Accomplished with the implementation of the Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) grant, CLI sought to improve the quality of EEPs by supporting teachers in implementing a comprehensive curriculum, providing professional development training and job-embedded professional learning opportunities for educators, engaging in continuous quality improvement, and providing caregiver engagement support and training.
Key results of CLI’s assistance in Broward County include children meeting or exceeding expectations on Florida’s statewide, standardized assessments.
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Omaha Public School District
2019 – Present
Since 2019, the Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI) has partnered with Omaha Public Schools in a transformative initiative. Our focus in the first two years was on foundational skills, particularly the Science of Reading, as part of a district-wide curriculum adoption effort.
Throughout four years, CLI has provided ongoing professional development, tailored training, and continuous coaching to school leaders, literacy coaches, and teachers across the district. Our goal is to strengthen their capacity in effective literacy implementation, ensuring a unified approach to literacy advancement.
Our impact in Omaha is evident: 80% of surveyed leaders agreed that CLI's support improved their coaching practices; all leaders reported increased content knowledge in literacy instruction and instructional leadership; and all leaders acknowledged enhanced knowledge in effective coaching and adult learning facilitation through our collaboration.
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CLI is normalizing anti-racist pedagogy at the source.

Building on successful scaling of teacher professional development initiatives, CLI helps networks of school communities and teacher training agencies create and implement durable, culturally sustaining, early literacy practice in the classroom.
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Our focus on research-based early literacy practices like the Science of Reading help educators become outstanding instructors, leading to improved reading proficiency at or above grade level. 
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