61% of low-income families have no children’s books at home.
We provide inspiring literacy activities, support, and new, high-quality books to children from low-income families and to other children who are at risk of growing up with low literacy skills.
Activities and Support
At each event, a CLiF presenter talks with children about the joys of reading and gives a fun and interactive storytelling presentation. After the presentation, each child chooses two brand-new books to keep.
We provide an onsite library to each organization so children have even more access to high-quality books. We also offer a parent seminar sharing the importance of reading with children and modeling storytelling strategies to support caregivers who may not have strong literacy skills or may not be fluent English speakers.
Our Partnering Organizations Include:
- Shelters and low-income housing: These organizations serve children who often lack access to books in their daily lives. We also provide parent seminars to describe ways to make reading aloud with children easy and fun, even if parents aren’t strong readers themselves.
- Community centers and childcare centers: We work with organizations and providers that support low-income families, foster children, teenage parents, refugees, and other at-risk populations.
- Camp Exclamation Point (CAMP!): We serve children of migrant workers in New Hampshire and Vermont through our partnership with this nonprofit institution that offers a free, weeklong camp for 110 children of local migrant families.
- ELL classrooms: Children of refugees who have relocated to New Hampshire and Vermont from Somalia, Burma, Sudan, Bosnia, Vietnam, and many other countries often face challenges in reading English. Our program in ELL classrooms supports refugees and their parents and increases English-language books in the home.
Applications for the Spring 2020 cycle are due December 11, 2019.
An organization, program, or facility must meet these requirements to apply for CLiF’s At-Risk Children sponsorship:
- Be a social service provider, school-based program*, or community organization in Vermont or New Hampshire
- Serve children from birth to age 12 (or within that range)
- At least 35% of the children served must qualify for free or reduced lunch, reduced program tuition, or a scholarship
- Be able to gather at least 30 children for a storytelling event
*Examples of eligible school-based programs: ELL classrooms, after school programs, extracurricular programs. Educators cannot apply for this grant on behalf of their entire school.