Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit

Empowering and supporting educators

Don’t miss out on a great way for your business to invest in a proven way to help more Philadelphia children learn how to read proficiently by 3rd grade. Invest your Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) credits with Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) for 2022-2023!

Since 2003, CLI has used EITC donations to provide educators in public schools and publicly funded charters with its validated program delivering classroom materials, training and coaching in effective practices for early literacy instruction.

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Current Focus & Need

By investing EITC credits with CLI, an approved EITC Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) for 2022-2023, you can help improve the reading achievement of over 800 K through 3rd grade Philadelphia students. CLI will earmark your 2022-2023 EITC tax credits to deliver its validated program of training and coaching in effective practices for early literacy instruction, plus high-quality, classroom literacy materials, to:
  • Charter Elementary Schools
  • K‐2nd grade teachers
  • Literacy Support Teachers
  • Assistant Principals for Instruction
  • School Principals
Reading proficiency by 3rd grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation, career success, and life outcomes. CLI provides the necessary expertise and proven strategies needed for caregivers and teachers to create learning experiences that reach all students and drive positive outcomes.
When children have access to excellent instruction and caregivers have tools to support their children at home, they become part of a learning environment that fosters equity and joy in learning and invites them to expand their view of the world through literature. Such an environment celebrates, encourages, and supports all children in meeting and exceeding their fullest potential.
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CLI’s Value

CLI’s work has been validated by prestigious independent organizations and has garnered national attention for its ability to raise student literacy scores while building schools’ internal capacities for teacher professional development.
The American Institutes of Research report on a randomized control trial evaluation of CLI’s i3 Validation project found statistically significant results for our impact on teacher practice and student learning. Our approach and results are now part of the What Works Clearinghouse.
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  • In September 2017, CLI won the David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor in the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program for the organization making outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels across the country.
  • Each year since 2008, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) identified CLI as an “exemplar agent” in improving early literacy instruction and one of five national educational organizations in which invested dollars do the most good.

Independent Study Proves Children's Literacy Initiative's Methodology Provides Significant Results

Results from a three-year, randomized control-group study of CLI’s i3 project in four cities by American Institutes for Research showed that:
  • Kindergarten and second grade students in CLI schools scored significantly higher on standardized early reading tests than students whose teachers were not exposed to CLI.
  • CLI had a significant positive impact on the quality of teachers’ literacy instruction in both kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

About Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) provides Pennsylvania companies with a tax credit up to 75% for a one year commitment and 90% for a two year commitment for contributing to non-profit educational organizations (EIO). Children’s Literacy Initiative is registered as an EIO for the 2022-2023 school year.

Donate your EITC credits to help more Philadelphia students read proficiently by 3rd grade. Contact Executive Director Nicole Bethea at – or fill out the form above – to get started!


Interested in learning more? Connect with a CLI team member today to learn more about how you can activate EITC to help more Philadelphia children learn how to read proficiently by 3rd grade!