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Make a gift. Empower a child.

By giving to Children's Literacy Initiative, you are supporting social justice, education, and progress.

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Sharpening Our Mission

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) has been an innovator in early literacy instruction for more than 30 years and we couldn’t do it without you. As a CLI supporter, you’re part of a passionate community who wants to see thousands of students across the country become strong readers, writers and thinkers. CLI has reached a new phase in its evolution, and we invite you to join us on the next stage of our journey.

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Transforming Early Education

We are focused on helping teachers end colorblind instructional practices, that by design fail to recognize, reflect, and amplify the cultural and linguistic assets Black and Latinx children bring into the classroom. Through job-embedded coaching, workshops, and books and materials, CLI supports educators in providing high-quality early literacy instruction that affirms children’s identities and creates safe and inclusive learning environments. 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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With your investment, we can amplify reading outcomes for Black and Latinx children. Philanthropic investments can advance change, but some changes can change everything.

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How Your Investment Will Change Everything

By giving to CLI, you’re supporting social justice, education, and progress. Your contribution will help us to continue to enhance our programs so that teachers and students across the country, no matter who they are or where they come from, have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Join us in doing more together.

Make a gift. Empower a child. 

Children deserve the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and learning to read is a critical step in that journey. Help us provide Black and Latinx children the high-quality & culturally sustaining literacy instruction they deserve.

Together, transforming education

Join a national coalition of educators, teachers, advocates, and supporters today. Sign up today, and ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest news, impact reports, donor events, and much more.

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Literacy is the very foundation of all learning and the pathway to liberation for every human being. Learn more about our pathway to liberation.

Our Pathway to Liberation >>
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We’ve changed our mission to better reflect our work and the children we serve. See why, today!

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