A Note From Our CEO

The world has changed. School districts across the country are making massive efforts to deal with the impact of the pandemic. From continuing to meet students’ nutritional needs through food distribution efforts to grappling with uneven access to digital technology in a time of virtual instruction, the number and complexity of challenges facing our public education system is as unprecedented as the pandemic itself.

At CLI, we are continuing to work shoulder-to-shoulder with school districts to help accelerate the transition from in-classroom instruction to at-home instruction. We are supporting teachers to understand what it takes to deliver effective online instruction. We are helping to strengthen the connection between teacher online instruction and at-home support by providing caregivers with learning guides full of activities and tips linked to the lesson objective of the teacher’s online instruction. We are dramatically increasing the resources available to teachers and families on LEARN, our web-based learning platform.

There is so much we don’t know about the other side of “the curve.” We do know, however, that children and families in the communities we serve will face the greatest challenges with the fewest resources. We do know that the opportunity gap will widen and inequities will deepen, especially if we do not step in with everything we’ve got.

The world has changed, but our mission remains the same. We are deeply grateful for those who support our work with teachers and children. It matters now more than ever.

- Joel Zarrow, PhD


As we help address the impact of COVID-19 on our education system, your gift today will help us continue to respond to the evolving needs of our communities’ students and teachers.

Ways to Give

Online Donations
Your gift today enables us to offer tailored support for virtual learning to schools, helping us ensure that children learn how to read.*

Amazon Smile
If you are shopping from home, please consider selecting Children’s Literacy Initiative as your charity. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com will result in donations.

Planned Gifts
You can support Children’s Literacy Initiative with a lasting gift that will ensure long-term impact. Whether through a gift of stock, bequest, retirement plan assets, life insurance policy, or a trust, the legacy you create will transform future generations of powerful readers, writers, and thinkers. Contact us at give@cli.org.


* You can also recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund to support CLI’s goal of closing the literacy achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers.