An Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy

Students who have not learned to read by the time they enter fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, and this risk is even greater for low-income children. In 2017, only 35% of third grade students in Philadelphia reached this important milestone. The Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) aims to address this significant challenge by supporting children before they start kindergarten through its Blueprint for Early Literacy program. The Blueprint program combines literacy-based materials and curricula with professional development for pre-K teachers through workshops on best practices for early literacy instruction and individual coaching for educators. In January 2017, the William Penn Foundation provided CLI with funding to implement Blueprint in 11 pre-K centers in Philadelphia for three years. Research for Action (RFA) is conducting a three-year external evaluation of this program. This mixed-methods quasi-experimental study provides formative implementation feedback and rigorous assessment of impact on teacher instruction and student literacy outcomes.