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Encouraging Curiosity for Better Learning

When children exhibit curiosity, they are actually exhibiting an interest in learning. This innate interest in learning and exploring their world helps children retain information, and is an asset to their later development and success in school. The more curious children are about the things they see, hear and think—and the more questions they ask!—the better off they are in later learning.

From the moment a baby fixes her gaze on a new object, she is exercising her curiosity to help her learn. Even if a child is too young to use words, her brain is actively working to understand what she is experiencing and to help her make sense of it. According to brain research, the brain’s chemistry actually changes when curiosity is piqued, and helps a person remember not just what they’re curious about, but any other information they come across during that highly charged learning time.

Curiosity is not unique to human beings, but it is one of our strongest innate abilities, and guides and motivates us to acquire new information.

Parents can encourage their children’s natural curiosity in several ways. For example, parents of young babies can encourage their children’s interest in a particular object or sounding by showing interest in what their babies notice, and talking to them about what they see or hear, even if the child cannot yet talk back.  Parents and caregivers can also provide their babies with safe, new objects that can be explored with hands, mouths, eyes or ears. For older toddlers who may ask a lot of questions, parents can encourage their children by answering as many questions as they can, or looking for answers together in a book.

 

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An animated video from Great Schools about nurturing curiosity—and learning—in young children. >>

Celebrating Black History and Diversity Builds Self-Esteem and Empathy

Every February, teachers across America highlight the important contributions that African Americans have made to United States history, culture, and economy. Integral to these conversations is the importance of diversity, and teaching children to appreciate the differences—and commonalities—among their fellow human beings. But children can begin learning about diversity and celebrating African American history before they begin school. In fact, parents and caregivers can help children understand early on that appreciating the differences among us enriches all our lives.

Young children often pick up on the differences among human beings early on, but can learn that difference is a positive trait, rather than a negative one. A positive view of diversity is taught by building self-concept, or self-esteem, as well as empathy. When young children are taught to empathize with others—or, to put themselves in others’ shoes—they learn important social and emotional skills that benefit their relationships, communication skills and personal development. Additionally, children can develop positive self-esteem by learning to take pride in their accomplishments and talents, as well as those of their peers.

Parents and caregivers can use Black History Month as an opportunity to discuss difference and diversity in a positive way, and to encourage children to be proud of how they look and what they can achieve. By using stories from history, songs and dances that celebrate diversity and encourage self-esteem, parents can help ensure that their children will grow up with a positive outlook for life and respect for the world around them.

 

Resources for Sharing:

  • These articles, activities and even recipes from PBS will help parents and caregivers celebrate diversity with their children year round.
  • Books and activities for sharing with kids, from Reading Rockets.
  • Ideas for books, songs and art activities—as well as a personal story about celebrating diversity—from the Artful Parent blog.

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Test your Black History skills with this infographic from You Parent! >>

How Bonding Builds Babies’ Brains

Often, there is a lot of emphasis placed on the cognitive or physical skills young children pick up—how to roll over, walk, or recite a nursery rhyme, for example. But in truth, social and emotional skills are just as important to early brain development, and for reasons that scientists are just beginning to understand. And this type of early social-emotional development has a direct connection to how parents and caregivers interact with their children early on.

Scientists believe that the attachment that parents form with their young children helps ensure a sense of safety in children and builds their self-esteem. Newborns usually seek nurturing from their parents and caregivers from the moment of birth, and when their basic needs are met with gentleness and affection, their sense of security increases, and stress levels decrease. These chemical changes in the brain have long-lasting, positive effects on the brain, and can improve early learning and the ability to form positive relationships with others.

Loving moments experienced between parents and children—from birth through adolescence—contribute to feelings of closeness between the two. Parents can use daily activities, like changing a diaper or preparing a toddler for bed, to enjoy quiet moments that reassure a child that he or she is loved. Eye-to-eye contact, holding a baby’s hand, and talking to him throughout the day (even if he’s not yet talking back!) are all ways that parents and caregivers can help their children grow up to be confident, loving adults.

 

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  • This cute Sesame Street video for parents explains how showing interest in your young child’s activities improves bonding and builds self-esteem!
  • Great tips for parents on activities that encourage bonding with young babies, using everyday activities.
  • How singing (yes, singing!) can help your baby bond with you, and learn.

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Find more videos from Sesame Street on our website, talkingisteaching.org. >> 

Early Communication Builds Language and Social Skills

Human beings use many forms of communication to share thoughts, feelings and ideas with others. Language is a skill that is learned from birth by the back-and-forth dialogue that parents and other caregivers develop with their babies and toddlers. However, babies and toddlers communicate in a variety of ways before they are able to speak—including through coos, babbling, physical touch and even crying. The more parents and caregivers encourage early communication, the more their young children learn about how to express themselves.

According to the Urban Child Institute, the first form of communication that babies learn is touch. In countries where babies are often tied to a mother throughout the day, babies root and nurse when they’re hungry, long before they are ready to cry. Experts have found that the more responsive parents are to their children’s earliest needs by touching, talking gently and picking them up when upset, the more stable those children will be. In addition, children begin to learn actual language much before they are able to use words. In fact, research shows that children understand words and tones long before their first birthday.

There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help their children improve their early communication skills. ZERO TO THREE encourages parents to respond to a baby’s gestures and sounds by talking and cooing back to him, and picking him up when he lifts his arms. Also, parents can help their children build language skills by asking questions and exploring answers together, and by taking time to read, talk and sing with young children every day.

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A fascinating video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, about how parents stimulate children’s early brain development through “serve and return”. >>

 


ICYMI, we announced a new partnership with First 5 California at its annual Child Health, Education, and Care Summit earlier this week. Hillary Clinton also made a special appearance via video! #talkreadsing

 


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Feb 25
2015
New York, NY
Press Release

More than 20 years of global data compiled by No Ceilings shows that while progress is possible, more must be done to achieve ‘full and equal participation’ of women and girls worldwide

New York, NY – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will join global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report on Monday, March 9, in New York City. The event will coincide with the start of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report is the culmination of a year-long, global data aggregation effort by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center and Fathom Information Design. The report identifies the significant gains women and girls have made – and the gaps that still remain – since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Secretary Clinton called on the international community to ensure “women’s rights are human rights.” Benchmarking process since that landmark event, No Ceilings is making the data open and accessible, and is pairing the report with an interactive, shareable collection of data visualizations. The data visualizations will highlight key findings from the data through interactive stories, as well as allow users the ability to explore the data on their own.

More event details:

Who: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Additional participants to be announced

What: The No Ceilings Full Participation Report Release

When: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET

Where: Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway (side entrance on 44th Street)
New York, NY

Livestream of this event can also be found at www.clintonfoundation.org/noceilings.

The hashtag for the event and report release is #NoCeilings.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton — The Re/code Interview — Full Coverage

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Talks NSA, Presidential Aspirations With Kara Swisher

February 24, 2015

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By Amy Schatz

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By Ina Fried

 

Americans feel “betrayed” by the revelations of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities and it needs to be more transparent, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday at a gathering of female Silicon Valley executives, in a conversation that touched on issues from gender discrimination to her presidential aspirations.

Asked if former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was a traitor, Clinton responded that “I can never condone what he did,” saying that his disclosures had damaged national security.

At the same time, the government also has responsibilities it needs to live up to, she said.

“The NSA has to act lawfully, and we as a country have to decide what the rules are and make it absolutely clear we will hold them accountable,” she said in an interview with Re/code co-executive editor Kara Swisher at the sold-out Lead On Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women after a speech that focused mostly on gender discrimination issues and the economic importance of women.

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Hillary Clinton Embraces 2016 Speculation in Silicon Valley

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Hillary Clinton dropped a number of hints about her expected presidential run in 2016 and laid out what could be the tenants of a potential campaign in front of a women’s conference in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. The former secretary of state said she is checking the final items off her list of things that must be in place before she officially announces her campaign, saying she will make a decision “in good time.” Clinton told Kara Swisher, the co-executive editor of Re/code, during a question and answer session, “I am obviously talking to a lot of people and thinking it through. Because here’s my view on this, Kara: I just think that we have so many big issues we have to deal with that unless we can really come together and have a national conversations about those issues, we’re not going to make the progress we need.”

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In Talk to Silicon Valley Leaders, Hillary Clinton Offers Glimmers of White House Aspirations

Clinton said if she seeks the White House she would want to bring Republicans and Democrats into a “nice, warm purple space”

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address during the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women on February 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

Hillary Clinton spoke at the Lead On: Watermark’s Silicon Valley Conference for Women in Santa Clara Tuesday, amid speculation on whether the former secretary of state, senator and first lady will run for president.

In her first U.S. speech of the year, Clinton spoke about women’s empowerment, a topic expected to be central to her long-anticipated second run for the White House.

Clinton called on female technology executives to do more to help women in leadership: “As women, let us do more to help all women lead on and lead. What you do doesn’t have to be dramatic. You don’t have to run for office. Although if you do more power to you.”

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Yesterday I met all-star women of tech in Silicon Valley, but anywhere & everywhere. Interesting story:

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President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton to Convene More Than 1,000 Student Leaders for 2015 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University, March 6-8 at the University of Miami

Featured participants include Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO, Andraka Technologies; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service

  • The 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting encourages students to take action on some of the Millennial generation’s biggest concerns such as the future of energy, the power of big data to address global challenges, and peace-building in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Daily schedules and a complete breakdown of activities can be found here: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the full agenda.
  • More information about CGI U is available here: www.cgiu.org/.

NEW YORK – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced details for the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 college students from around the world on March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Students will join innovators, thought-leaders, and civically-engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic- and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.

Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:

  • Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
  • The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing  commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
  • The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.

On Sunday, March 8, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community in partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City. MCI is implementing a “cradle-to-college-to-career” strategy in Liberty City focused on intentionally investing in children and their families and has designated 29 blocks as their “Impact Zone.” These blocks are home to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center as well as early learning centers, public and low-income homes. CGI U students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. The Day of Action will begin with remarks by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI University meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment & Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.

Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga, Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Members, Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO, Andraka Technologies; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Arquitetos Associados, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; and more.

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2015
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Like other global charities, the Clinton Foundation receives support from individuals, organizations and governments from all over the world. Contributions are made because the Foundation’s programs improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.  The Clinton Foundation has a record of transparency that goes above what is required of U.S. charities.  This includes the voluntary disclosure of contributions on the Foundation’s website. Should Secretary Clinton decide to run for office, we will continue to ensure the Foundation’s policies and practices regarding support from international partners are appropriate, just as we did when she served as Secretary of State.

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Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality

10 – 11 March 2015,  United Nations Headquarters,  New York City

The UN Global Compact and UN Women are pleased to announce Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, as the featured keynote speaker at the 2015 WEPs Event on 10 March. After nearly four decades of public service as First Lady, Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton now helps lead the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Throughout her career, she has championed rights and opportunities for women and girls. She led the U.S. delegation to the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing, where she delivered her historic speech and proclaimed “women’s rights are human rights”. In her keynote address, Secretary Clinton will reflect on progress made in implementing the agenda set in Beijing two decades ago. She will present key findings and recommendations from “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report” and outline an agenda to accelerate the full participation of women and girls around the world.

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Learn more about past WEPs Annual Events.

Participation is by invitation only. If you would like to request an invitation, contact WEPsEvents@unglobalcompact.org or by clicking the below button. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via live webcast.

 The 7 Principles

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

For more information and to endorse the initiative, please visit the Women’s Empowerment Principles website.

Contact

Lauren Gula
UN Global Compact
gulal@unglobalcompact.org

Clinton Foundation

Win a trip to the Clinton Foundation Gala in New York. Donate now to be automatically entered to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill, Chelsea, and I always look forward to celebrating our Foundation’s work with our supporters, but we don’t get to do it as often as we’d like.

This year, I am absolutely thrilled that one supporter, along with a guest, has a chance to come to New York on March 4 for one of my favorite events: our Clinton Foundation Annual Gala. When you donate before February 23, you could be our guest.

You will get a full day in New York including a tour of Bill’s office, lunch at one of his favorite restaurants, and the opportunity to join us at the gala. Plus, I’m especially excited because Carole King, one of my favorite musicians, will be there to perform. Airfare and hotel are on us.

Click here to contribute in support of the Foundation before midnight February 23. You’ll be automatically entered for a chance for you and a guest to attend our annual gala on March 4 in New York City.

Since I joined the Foundation, we have achieved so much together. I am reminded every day of the power of people working collectively to help families throughout the world live out their hopes and dreams.

Thank you for that.

When you donate for your chance to attend our gala and visit Bill’s office, you’re helping us create life-changing opportunities.

Donate today to the Clinton Foundation and automatically be entered to win a trip for a two-night stay in New York.

Sincerely,

Hillary

 

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