In 2017, C.L.A.P. (Childhood Literacy Adds Potential) became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our efforts to increase literacy include the following programs:
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 career and life success and Joel and I will continue to work hard to secure ROR book donations in order to level the playing field.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
We support the Boys & Girls Clubs because they enable young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential.
LET’S LAUNCH A LIBRARY
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.
HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
(Northern Virginia Family Services, and Title 1 Public Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland)
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 under five years of age 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 receives a free book to take home. We also donate books to Head Start teachers and libraries.
THE ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM
The first school we have "adopted" is Glasgow Middle School, Virginia's largest middle school, in Falls Church. Two dozen languages are spoken by 1900 students from under-resourced communities. Thousands of donated books are creating age-appropriate libraries in the classroom.
A "Free Bookstore" project at Glasgow will let students 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 is to encourage parents or caregivers to develop healthy daily habits, including their child taking a bath, brushing their teeth, and enjoying a book read aloud before the child's bedtime. Each child in the 4 Bs Program receives a new book and a toothbrush.
Our Favorite Experience
Seeing the smile on the pediatrician's face when they receive a free book C.L.A.P. Seeing the smile on a parent's face because they know something very good is happening that could lead to their child having a better life.