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 70,000 new or like new books to underserved children in the DMV. In addition, over 15,000 overly loved books have been donated to various waiting rooms.
Whom We Have Helped
Children's National Hospital & Anacostia Clinic
Van Dorn Pediatrics
Northern Virginia Family Services
Healthy Families of Northern Virginia
Title 1 Schools in Maryland & Virginia
Mary's Centers for Children
- For the Love of Children (FLOC)
- Boys & Girls Clubs
- Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP)
- Howard University