Elite professional athletes have coaches, so should teachers.

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The Challenge

Most teachers only experience traditional, workshop-based professional development, despite research showing its ineffectiveness.

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The Solution

One-on-one and small group coaching in the classroom provides the support and feedback teachers need to incorporate effective literacy practices into their work with students.

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Low-income neighborhoods average 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

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The Challenge

80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children

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Our Solution

We provide schools with curated classroom libraries and home lending libraries with books for parents to read aloud and children to read on their own.

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“When dozens of schools… see jumps in… reading skills, it’s worth asking why.”

– US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

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The Challenge

Nearly 7 out of 10 U.S. 4th Graders are not reading at grade level.

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Our Solution

Low overhead makes it possible for 85% of our revenues to go directly to professional development for educators and books and resources for children.

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97.7%

of teachers said that working with CLI improved their literacy instructional practices.

One Year of CLI Intervention Increases Chicago Student Reading Achievement

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Children’s Literacy Initiative Study Shows Program Significantly Improves Reading Achievement

Students with CLI-trained teachers received the equivalent of two additional months of literacy instruction.   PHILADELPHIA, PA (Aug. 26, 2015)

Welcome to the New CLI.org

This is an exciting time at CLI, today we are launching our new website! The new site is closely aligned

CLI Launches New Visual Identity & Website

August 17, 2015 Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) today announced the official launch of its new visual identity and website. CLI

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