Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is raising money to support its work as an anti-racist early literacy organization providing Black and Latinx children with the high-quality education they deserve. CLI envisions a nation where every child has the power of literacy and the opportunity for lifetime success.
Founded in Philadelphia in 1988, CLI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit responding to America’s poor literacy rates by increasing the number of highly-skilled prekindergarten through 5th-grade teachers who can help Black and Latinx students read proficiently in high-need schools. We are an Early Childhood Support Organization (ECSO) working to achieve systems-level impact in early childhood in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through a joint effort between the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the New Profit venture philanthropy organization.
CLI works virtually or in-person to:
+ Coach and train teachers on effective literacy practices
+ Stock classrooms with high-quality, culturally sustaining children’s literature
+ Deliver access to the free, online, literacy education resources at LEARN.cli.org
+ Develop district and school-level instructional leadership.
We are on track to serve approximately 100,000 pre-K through 5th-grade students and nearly 4,000 educators, with major service areas that also include Broward County, Fla.; Chicago, New Jersey, Omaha, and Philadelphia.