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Description of Agency
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a non-profit that works with teachers to transform instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers. Our goal is to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. In order to teach reading and writing to children entering school with little early literacy experience, teachers need high-impact strategies and techniques. We invest in teachers and their classrooms by providing professional development and quality children’s books. We work classroom by classroom, pre-kindergarten through third grade, to strengthen instruction and create a culture of literacy. We develop a Model Classroom in each grade level, supporting consecutive years of high-impact literacy instruction for students.
Since our founding in 1988, teachers coached by CLI have taught more than 1 million children. We have a strong track record of success partnering with school districts, Head Starts, and other organizations. We currently provide our professional development services to under-resourced classrooms in nine states plus Washington, DC. We have developed more than 130 Model Classrooms in low-income neighborhood schools in ten cities and will establish 160 more in the next three years.