Dr. Cliff and Patty Mohn Early Education

The Dr. Cliff and Patty Mohn Early Education Initiative is helping CSL view our work with families from the lens of early childhood education. Early education is critical for all kids, especially those in low-income families.

The Issue

Low-income students, on average, are not entering the school system prepared to learn. According to a study published by the Brookings Institution, only 48% of low-income students are ready for school by age five, compared to 75% of their peers from middle- or high-income households. When students start school behind, it is very difficult to close that achievement gap.

Kids that can't overcome achievement deficits are likely to perpetuate cycles of poverty. Investing in early education programs for low-income children can inspire a lifetime of learning and achievement that can break family cycles of poverty.

The Solutions

CSL does not envision creating any early education programming, as we are in a community ripe with great programs. The Mohn Early Education Initiative forces CSL to very intentional about connecting the families we serve to available programming, and allows us a structure to use philanthropy to support those connections.

Our Initiative

Dr. Cliff and Patty Mohn have given their lives to educating students, and CSL wanted to honor their legacy of service to our organization by naming this initiative in their honor. (Read more about the Mohns...)

The initiative will undertake the following activities: pre-K tuition assistance, community- and neighborhood-based early learning, book distribution, in-home learning assistance for parents, school supply assistance, early learning toys, games, and activities, and connections to community partners.


This initiative is just getting underway, and we look forward to sharing great outcomes!