We are passionate that each child, regardless of ethnicity, religion, social, or income status, has a chance to succeed. We endeavor to help build futures full of promise for underprivileged children through the collection and distribution of FREE, new, or like-new, books and by holding reading events. We partner with pediatricians, schools, preschool programs, such as Head Start, communities, and social-service organizations.
Research shows that there is a 30 million word-gap heard by children by the age of 3 between poor and higher income children. These children are at a huge disadvantage when starting kindergarten. We hope to help to reduce the gap by providing books to the children who most need them.
We will continue to work hard to secure book donations in order to level the playing field.
We are Teresa and Joel Kaplan, founders of C.L.A.P. As the parents of five successful children, we understand the impact reading has on the future of children. We have worked full-time for 4 years for the important cause of Childhood literacy and are dedicated to our work. Children's literacy unlocks the door to a happy, productive life.
C.L.A.P. has had a major impact on the lives of 1,000's of children by donating books we buy and/or receive from people just like you. In 4 years, we have distributed over 60,000 new or like new books to underserved children in the Greater Metropolitan Washington D.C. area.
Who We've Helped
Boys & Girls Clubs in Virginia
Northern VA Family Services (Head Start & Early Head Start)
Children's National Hospital
Mary's Center for Children
And many more...
INOVA Cares for Children
- Van Dorn Pediatrics
Contact us to set up a convenient time and place to drop off your gently used or new books for kids. Or, check out our drop off locations for a spot near you.
Phone: 703-461-3166 Cell: 703-346-2672