CII Seeks School Supplies for 2,000 Kids Impacted by Poverty

July 24, 2019
Ryan Imondi

Children’s Institute has kicked off their annual Back2School Supply Drive, which is seeking to outfit 2,000 kids in Los Angeles with essential school supplies for the upcoming school year. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate supplies to Children’s Institute between July 29 and August 9.

The school supplies will support children in early childhood education programs, ages 4-10, who are living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and community violence, and where the median family income is approximately $30,000 per year.  With the average cost of school supplies for a student estimated at $101.18 according to  the National Retail Federation, CII’s supply drive relieves the burden of back to school costs for families living in poverty who may not be able to cover expenses like backpacks, notebooks and pens.

Ana Palacios, Vice President of Early Childhood Services at Children’s Institute, said that reduced funding at elementary schools means that families cover the cost of supplies, which can leave kids from lower income families struggling.

“A very important factor to ensuring that our children are ready for school is having the appropriate school supplies,” Palacios said. “For most of our families, having to purchase school supplies for all of their children is a significant financial burden, and we at CII depend greatly on donations to help our families.”

Supplies include:

  • Spiral Notebook
  • Ballpoint Pens
  • Crayola Markers
  • 1.5 or 3 Ring Binders
  • Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
  • Rulers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Two Pocket Folders
  • #2 pencils
School supplies needed for youth growing up in poverty.


The nonprofit Baby2Baby has already pledged 824 backpacks to kick off the supply drive, and CII Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Soleil Delgadillo said other organizations have already pledged to send items.

“We are receiving a number of generous contributions from our community partners to kick off our Back2School Supply Drive, but we need  additional support to reach our goal of ensure 2,000 kids in Los Angeles are ready for classroom success this coming academic year,” she said.

Children growing up in poverty who complete high quality, early childhood education programs, have shown to make major leaps in education, health and full-time employment. A study by the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics of Human Development found that these gains also extend to the children of adults who were in early childhood education programs, indicating a multi-generational rise out of poverty.

To donate to the Back2School Supply Drive, please drop off supplies at CII’s Otis Booth Campus located at 2121 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90026 or by visit CII’s Amazon In-Kind Wish List and make a purchase online today. Contact Samantha Goodman if you have questions or would like more information on donating to support children and families served through CII’s programs throughout Los Angeles.