Empower A Generation

Children’s Literacy Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working with pre-k through 5th grade teachers to improve early literacy instruction so that children become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.

Learning to read is a strong predictor of a student’s future academic achievement. A teacher’s literacy instruction plays the most critical role in a student’s reading development, but many teachers fail to receive adequate training in this area. By helping educators learn high-impact instructional strategies and nurturing dynamic professional learning communities, CLI builds lasting capacity in teachers and principals over time.


Give the gift of reading!

A gift of $250 can help provide classrooms in need with a curated and thoughtful book collections.

Holiday Book Collection


Holiday Book Collection


Holiday Book Collection


Giving Tuesday

CLI works with district partners to create sustainable organizational processes that continue the improvement in schools. Building a teacher’s instructional expertise impacts student learning over the course of a teacher’s career. Equipped with the power of literacy, early learners can open doors to a brighter future where they can pursue their dreams and better their community.

This #GivingTueday empower a child, a teacher, a community and give the gift that can change lives. Your gift will be put to immediate use helping low-income children across our regions learn to read. Your support will help provide high-quality books for children, coaching for teachers in literacy best practices, and support to the students who need it most. Thank you for your support!

Trusted & Validated

  • Charity Navigator

    We’ve received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! View the Report

  • GuideStar

    Sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency have earned CLI a Gold Participant rating. View the Report

  • High Impact Philanthroy

    UPenn’s Center for High-Impact Philanthropy identified CLI as on organization where charitable dollars can do the most good. View the Report

Open Books, Open Doors

Our children are dreamers, with lofty ideas, robust imaginations, and mountains of unlocked potential. Meet the children we serve and see the impact of your gift!

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