Engaging Families, Changing Literacy Practices

When Roberto rushed into school to pick his daughters up from the after school program, he wasn’t aware that his idea of his own role as a parent was about to change. When he walked into the gymnasium, he spotted his daughter sitting in a cluster of children who were being read to by an adult. As soon as she saw him, his 8 year-old daughter ran to him, hugged him and pointed to the woman behind the Family Literacy Night registration desk, saying, “Ask that lady if you can go upstairs with the grown-ups.

Spring Forward


As we near the end of the school year it is impossible to ignore the strides that our students have made throughout the year.  Read about how students like to celebrate this season! How do you celebrate spring with your students?!?

Welcome David Bloom, CLI Board Chair


Announcing David J. Bloom, JD, CFP®, Senior Relationship Manager of Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth, as our new chair of the board of directors. Bloom was elected to the position on February 12, 2013. He previously held the position of treasurer and succeeds Dr. Jack McGovern.

The Best Gift is the Gift of Literacy

Here at CLI, we know the best gift to give a young learner is the gift of literacy. We also know that your continued support helps to make this powerful impact: 

William Penn Foundation Donates 1M to CLI

Dear Friends of CLI,

I am pleased to announce that the William Penn Foundation has awarded Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) a $1 million grant to dramatically expand our proven model in Philadelphia public, charter and parochial schools. 

Check out the coverage:

• William Penn Foundation