Among the core themes Hillary Clinton addressed Thursday in her first public appearance as an official with the Clinton Foundation was the importance of investing in early childhood development. On Friday, the final day of the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago, Hillary Clinton and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation announced a new partnership——”Too Small To Fail”——that will provide parents and businesses with cutting-edge research on how to improve the lives of children ages zero to five.
The new partnership will promote scientific research about early childhood development with the goal of reaching as many American parents and business leaders as possible and motivating them to act, according to CGI.
“One of the best investments we can make as a nation is to give our kids the ingredients they need to develop in the first five years of life,” Secretary Clinton aid. “We will help bring together the tools that will give children the chance to succeed by the time they’re five, so that when those kids get to school, they’re able to compete, they are more able to pursue their own dreams. That’s what excites me about Too Small to Fail.”
To be judged successful, Too Small to Fail [TSTF] will promote important new research on the science of children’s brain development and on the impact of early nutrition and health on childhood development:
Launch a personal action campaign aimed at encouraging parents and caregivers to take simple actions proven to improve learning and health;
Launch a private sector action campaign designed to secure business commitments that will improve conditions for families; and
Convene childhood development experts, parents, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in a major, national discussion that helps further advance understanding of the science of early childhood development.
“It’s economically irresponsible to think we can continue to thrive as a nation with a generation of kids who aren’t prepared to enter an increasingly competitive global economy,” Jm Steyer, Chair of the Board and co-founder of Next Generation, said. “I am thrilled that Secretary Clinton, who began her work on behalf of America’s kids so long ago, is joining with Next Generation to help us create a better world for the next generation of Americans.”
“Too Small to Fail will seek out and promote evidence-based, measurable actions parents can take—such as talking to their toddlers to increase their vocabulary, and pregnant moms taking prenatal vitamins to support their babies’ health,” said Ann O’Leary, Vice President and Director of the Children & Families Program at Next Generation. “The Initiative will also pinpoint actions that business leaders can take, like managing work schedules so parents can spend time with their young children, and providing education and information to consumers about the importance of early learning and early health.”
Maura Pally, Executive Director of the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation, said new scientific research offers insight into what we can do to help kids learn and grow more effectively; new behavioral research gives us an understanding of what motivates people to act; and new technology allows us to reach millions of parents and caregivers. “Too Small to Fail will bring these tools to bear,” she said.
CGI officials said that interested parents, community and business leaders, and individuals who visit www.toosmall.org can join the Initiative and receive updates on the latest research and actions they can take to improve the health and educational prospects of children. The initiative will also utilize broadcast, print, and social media to reach parents, caregivers and business leaders across the country.
TSTF was originally conceived of and developed by Next Generation (www.thenextgeneration.org). Initial support was provided by the TomKat Charitable Trust, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. TSTF has also formed a partnership with Parents Magazine (http://www.parents.com/parents-magazine/), the premier publication focused on sharing the science of childhood development with new parents and mothers.
Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future.
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens—leveraging their expertise, resources, and passions—to turn good intentions into measurable results.
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