Children's Literacy Initiative

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General Information
Description of AgencyChildren’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.
Contact Information
Contact's NameCynthia F. Strosser
Contact's PositionManager of Communications
Contact's Phone215-561-4677
Physical Site Address 12314 Market Street
Physical Site City, State, ZipPhiladelphia, PA 19103
Main Phone215-561-4676
Web Address
Director Information
Director's NameLinda Katz
Director's PositionExecutive Director
Director's Phone215-561-4677
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: Children's Literacy Initiative
Affiliated Programs: Children's Literacy Initiative - Philadelphia; Center City
Newark, NJ (Children's Literacy Initiative)
Affiliated Services: Blueprint for Early Literacy
Children's Literacy Initiative - Blueprint for Early Literacy
Children's Literacy Initiative - Professional Development Program
Professional Development Program