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Hillary was in San Diego today addressing the American Academy of Pediatrics which has teamed up with Too Small to Fail to promote early literacy.

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Pediatrician-authored toolkit aims to help doctors talk with parents and caregivers about the importance of early communication in order to build vocabulary and boost brain development

SAN DIEGO – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss the role that pediatricians and parents can play in promoting young children’s early learning during her remarks on Sunday Oct. 12 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Secretary Clinton will announce the launch of the Academy’s updated early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents, Books Build Connections, which will be shared with its 62,000 pediatrician members immediately following Secretary Clinton’s remarks.

In June 2014, the AAP announced a collaborative partnership with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. The organizations have committed to promote early literacy and ensure that doctors, parents and caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to promote talking, reading out loud and singing to children every day starting in infancy.

“Secretary Clinton’s work leading Too Small to Fail and its evolving partnership with pediatricians and parents on early childhood education and literacy reflects the Academy’s national priorities,” said James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. “Fewer than half of children younger than 5 years old are read to daily in our country. For 25 years, programs such as Reach Out and Read have been promoting literacy in exam rooms nationwide, and now, even more pediatricians are taking a stand to spread the news more widely through our recent policy, toolkit and partnership with Too Small to Fail. Talking, reading and singing with young children is a joyful way to build strong and healthy parent-child relationships, foster early language skills and promote children’s development.”

The Books Build Connections toolkit, available online at www.aap.org/literacy, incorporates new recommendations on early literacy issued by the AAP in June. In that policy statement, the AAP emphasized literacy—beginning from an infant’s very first days—as an “essential” component of primary care visits. As part of the partnership with Too Small to Fail and AAP, Scholastic, Inc. agreed to donate 500,000 new, age-appropriate children’s books for distribution through Reach Out and Read, which works with 20,000 medical providers nationwide to promote early reading and give books to 4 million children and their families annually at pediatric visits.

“Our partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics is squarely aligned with our effort to close the ‘word gap’ in America,” said Ann O’Leary, vice president and director of Too Small to Fail at Next Generation. “The word gap refers to the disparity in words that children hear and learn from birth to age 4. Children from higher-income families hear up to 30 million more words than children from lower-income families where talking, reading and singing is not as prevalent. This pediatric toolkit aims to address this issue head on by ensuring that pediatricians can easily explain to parents the importance of these activities in helping grow their babies’ brains and vocabularies.”

The toolkit provides updated, practical resources for pediatric professionals, as well as guidance for families on the importance of talking, reading, and singing with their children to promote early learning. The toolkit includes 12 tip sheets, parent handouts and other publications in easy-to-use, mobile-friendly formats to help pediatricians promote early literacy. Resources include:

  • 16 concrete ways pediatric health professionals can promote early literacy in their practice and community;
  • Background for pediatric professionals on the science of early literacy;
  • Parent-friendly tips on sharing books with children at specific ages and stages of development, from birth through age 10;
  • Advice for parents on “the secret to a smarter baby”;
  • Recommendations on choosing books for children based on age and topic, including specific titles;
  • Tips from doctors on reading with very young children, including the 5 Rs of early education.

“Pediatricians want all parents and caregivers to know that by making special one-on-one time every day to read, talk and play with their young children, they are promoting their child’s early learning. This kind of treasured experience actually creates new connections in their child’s brain that promote language development and secure the bond between parent and child,” said Pamela High, MD, FAAP, lead author of the AAP’s early literacy policy statement, who will speak before Secretary Clinton on Sunday. “By creating the Books Build Connections toolkit, the AAP and Too Small to Fail, in collaboration with Reach Out and Read, are getting the word out to families that early experiences really matter.”

An anticipated 8,500 pediatricians will gather for the AAP annual meeting Oct. 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center to learn about the latest developments in children’s health.




Here are a few other appearances she will be making in the coming week.

Denver CO
The Brown Palace
CO Senate Fundraiser

Las Vegas NV
Bellagio Resort
UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner Keynote Speech

San Francisco CA
Keynote: Dreamforce

Louisville KY
A convention center & Dem HQ
Campaign event for Alison Lundergan Grimes
Livestream here >>>>

Rochester MI
Oakland University
Campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schnauer
Ticket information here >>>>

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This morning at CGI America in Denver, Hillary announced major commitments to early childhood development and education, the focus of her Too Small to Fail initiative.

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Reviewing the work of the past year, she noted that children in disadvantaged households have heard 30, 000,000 fewer words than more advantaged youngsters by the age of four.  That is astounding, and yes that is 30 million!

To address this word gap, she recounted partnering first with Univision so that parents in bilingual households might better understand the value of speaking to children both in the heritage language (which they tend to fear will have a negative effect and avoid) as well as in English.  Further, she explained, she and Chelsea met with folks in the entertainment community to request their support in the effort.  She proudly announced a boost in a segment of Orange is the New Black which can be viewed at the Too Small to Fail website.

Finally, she cited a partnership with certified ma education organizations in Tulsa, Oklahoma and announced an upcoming similar partnership with groups in Oakland, California. If you are looking for educational services, check out Conquer College for more information.

The new commitments Hillary announced began with something you might have seen in this morning’s New York Times.


Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

To assist the AAP in this endeavor, Too Small to Fail will provide tool kits for pediatricians while Scholastic will contribute 500,000 books to accompany the tool kits.  Reach Out and Read will deliver the tool kits and books to 5,000 sites.   A remarkable partnership and effort.

You can view the video of this event at the Livestream website here >>>>

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 Promoting Reading to Children from Day One
Commitment By: Too Small to Fail; American Academy of Pediatrics; Scholastic; Reach Out and Read
In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will publish its first clinical policy statement that highlights early literacy promotion as an ‘essential’ component of primary care visits. This statement represents the organization’s first official policy recommendation for pediatricians to promote the importance of reading to children starting in infancy. It also encourages the distribution of developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate books for all high-risk, low-income children through well-being visits. To promote the policy’s new recommendations, Too Small to Fail has facilitated a multifaceted partnership between the AAP, Reach Out and Read, and Scholastic. The AAP and Too Small to Fail commit to developing an online pediatric toolkit which will include a concrete set of tips and information for pediatricians to share with parents and caregivers of children age birth to five. As books are key to strong early literacy development, Scholastic, the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, commits to donating 500,000 books to support pediatricians’ outreach efforts. Reach Out and Read will serve as a key delivery mechanism so that pediatricians can provide books to their youngest patients, particularly those in low-income, underserved communities. Reach Out and Read will help expand the reach of the pediatric toolkit to their 5,000 sites across the country.

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