WHAT C.L.A.P. DOES
In 2019, (after 3 years of self-funding) C.L.A.P. (Childhood Literacy Adds Potential) became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization under the Kaplan Family Foundation for Children's Literacy, Inc. Our efforts to increase literacy include the following programs:
All the following programs are in the Greater Metropolitan Washington DC area.
REACH OUT AND READ
We have been partnering with pediatricians who care for children from under-resourced communities for four years in order to get books into the hands of children who need them most. We believe that reading is the catalyst that can change a child's life. All children deserve the opportunity for success in life.
HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
Northern Virginia Family Services and Title 1 Public Schools* in the Greater Metropolitan Washington DC area Head Start and Early Head Start programs help prevent disadvantaged children from falling behind their peers when entering kindergarten. Head Start enhances the social and cognitive development of children in the programs through educational, nutritional, and social services. Ninety-two percent of Head Start children demonstrate readiness for kindergarten.
We hold “Reading Celebrations” to encourage children to love books and reading. We read children’s books to the underserved students of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Each child then receives a free book to take home. We also donate books to Head Start teachers and libraries.
*At least 35% of the students qualify for Federal free or reduced lunch programs.
THE ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM
(Adopted schools have a particularly high literacy need.)
The first school we have "adopted" is Glasgow Middle School, Virginia's largest middle school, in Falls Church. Fifty languages are spoken by 1900 students from under-resourced communities. Thousands of our donated books are creating age-appropriate libraries in the classroom.
A "Free Bookstore" project at Glasgow will allow students to choose from a wide variety of free books to take home.
Another school adoption is planned for the near future!
THE BATH, BRUSH, BOOK & BED PROJECT (The 4 Bs)
Our goal in Title 1 kindergarten classes is to encourage parents or caregivers to develop healthy daily habits in their children. These include having their child take a bath, brush their teeth, and enjoy a book read aloud before the child's bedtime. Each child in the 4 Bs Program receives a new book and a toothbrush.
FOR LOVE OF CHILDREN - (FLOC)
We donate books to help FLOC provide educational services beyond the classroom.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
Let's Launch a Library
We support the Boys & Girls Clubs because they enable young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential.
We provide FREE books to local Boys & Girls Clubs for the purpose of initiating and/or enhancing library spaces within the Clubs. Eight Clubs have been assisted.
It’s important that Club members have access to books to read for study or pleasure. We have donated thousands of age-appreciate books and workbooks to Boys & Girls Clubs, and in addition, bookcases, reading lamps, and computers.
Multiple copies of books are donated to Boys & Girls Clubs for the development of” Reading Clubs.” Reading Club members enjoy themselves, and support each other while developing reading skills.