Back-to-School Tips

As the summer comes to a close, students, parents, and teachers are gearing up for a brand new school year; and some have already started. A new school year can be a time of great excitement and even some anxiety. With this in mind, we have put together some tips for parents and teachers to help calm any fears and lay the groundwork for …

Back-to-School Reading List

Whether you’re looking to calm your class’s first day jitters, help build a strong classroom culture, or celebrate the act of reading, all of the excellent picture books below are perfect for reading aloud.

Chicago attorney joins Children’s Literacy Initiative Board of Directors

PHILADELPHIA — Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve early literacy instruction, recently announced the addition of Lori Taylor to its Board of Directors. Ms. Taylor is senior counsel and business litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Chicago. “Lori’s community leadership experience in Chicago and dedication to CLI’s mission make her a terrific …

The Read – Summer 2019

CLI’s quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on CLI’s work with students and educators, inspiring stories from Literacy Champions in the communities they serve, and book recommendations to promote early literacy in school and at home.

Summer Reading List 2019

This summer is the perfect time of year to nurture the love of reading with books from our Summer Reading List. We’ve hand selected these incredible titles filled with adventure, mystery, and intrigued to keep your child reading all summer!

Why one-on-one coaching?

When teachers are well-equipped with the best strategies and tools, the results impact not only the teacher but the students as well. With an emphasis on one-on-one coaching, schools can increase student success, teacher job satisfaction, and create a robust learning environment for current and future generations. 

The Read – Spring 2019

CLI’s quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on CLI’s work with students and educators, inspiring stories from Literacy Champions in the communities they serve, and book recommendations to promote early literacy in school and at home.

Women’s History Month Book Collection

It’s Women’s History Month, and to celebrate, we have put together a special book collection highlighting the amazing ways women make history every day. These eight nonfiction picture books showcase remarkable achievements made by women in science, government, writing, and more! We enjoyed putting this small collection together and we hope you and your family enjoy reading these titles. Happy …

Children’s Literacy Initiative provides high-quality trainings for teachers, and thoughtfully curated books and educational materials to elementary schools on Chicago’s South Side

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve early literacy instruction, has initiated a multi-year, transformative project to help children attending under-resourced, high-need elementary schools on Chicago’s South Side reach their full potential. The three-year project, kicked off in five schools in October 2018, is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of …

Independent Evaluation Finds Blueprint has Significant Impact on Students & Teachers

Independent Evaluation finds Children’s Literacy Initiative Pre-K Program, Blueprint, Boosts Student Achievement and Teacher Quality

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve early literacy instruction, announced the findings from Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy: An evaluation of implementation and impact on teacher and child outcomes. This report showed that the implementation of CLI’s pre-kindergarten (pre-K) curriculum, Blueprint for Early Literacy (Blueprint), had a substantial impact on students’ vocabulary …