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We are not yet a week past the closing of CGI 2013 where Hillary Clinton announced new initiatives and projects:  Beijing+20 to examine progress in women’s rights since her 1996 Beijing speech (deliverable 2016) and  an initiative to join the  battle against wildlife trafficking and elephant poaching.  On the heels of that closing she assumed the chair of the leadership council at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves,  a partnership she helped establish in 2010.

Yet, if you put the following terms into a Google search [Hillary Clinton + projects] it yields page after page of articles about the scrapping of proposed movies about Hillary and not a single piece about the prodigious work she continues to do in her post-official world.  Appalling!

Last night she received the National Legacy Award from  Save the Children at a Gala hosted by Calvin Klein, and the night before the Children’s Defense Fund honored her.  In both cases the accolades were for the work she has done all of her professional life for children.  She has continued this work, too, as a private citizen with Too Small to Fail, an initiative she launched in June of this year during CGI America in Chicago, her first official project since leaving Secretary of State.

Just prior the this year’s CGI she announced and met with a leadership and advisory board for  Too Small to Fail.   Here is their latest post.  Do not let anyone tell you that the only Hillary Clinton projects are movies that have been jettisoned.  Our Hillary is a very busy and productive private citizen who continues to work for the well-being of all.


Closing the Word Gap for America’s Children

Some precocious toddlers use many different words when communicating early on in their lives, while others appear to struggle through a few small words or phrases. While sometimes a limited vocabulary in a child’s early years may be due to a developmental problem, most often children with fewer words have simply not heard as many words as they needed to in order to effectively express themselves.

Put simply, children learn words that they hear spoken directly to them, and if they hear too few words and have too few conversational interactions while they are learning to speak, their vocabularies suffer. But so may their ability to succeed in school later on.

Researchers have found that children in low-income households often have less language stimulation than children in high-income households, resulting in a marked word gap that affects their early learning and preparation for school. In fact, the seminal research of Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that children in low-income homes hear 30 million fewer words by age four than children in high-income homes. Unfortunately, children who struggle with a limited vocabulary in kindergarten continue to struggle in seventh grade, in high school and even into adulthood.

Several pilot studies in communities across the country – including the Thirty Million Words Project in Chicago and Providence Talks in Providence, Rhode Island – are showing that parents who talk directly to their babies and toddlers often and in an engaging way can help their children develop their vocabulary more fully and positively impact their brain development. As parents and caregivers point out objects in a room, or sing songs, or read books, very young children begin to understand the words being used and their context. This word recognition is critical to building their knowledge base for future learning.

All of this is good news for kids and parents, because with some support and a few simple tools, parents and caregivers can help their babies express themselves meaningfully for life.

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The CK is Calvin Klein who sponsored the award ceremony/fundraiser for Save the Children last night at Cipriani.  The PreK of course refers to the age group upon which Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative is concentrating its attention.

Hillary received the organization’s National Legacy Award at the gala telling the audience,  “In the early years of a child’s life it’s as essential to feed their brains as their bodies.”   Mme. Secretary, congratulations on this wonderful honor!

From Save the Children’s Facebook page:

Had a fabulous evening honoring Hillary Clinton, Manny Chirico, the Bezos Family Foundation, Jennifer Garner and Virginia Almeida for their tremendous commitment to early-education for American children.

A very special thanks to Calvin Klein for hosting this phenomenal event!

And thank you to all who attended!

Here are some photos from the evening.  Our girl looks like a rose in bloom.

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For the second day in a row, not only is Hillary Clinton honored for her work with children, but I am also impelled to make a fashion comment.  Monday evening she wore one of my favorite jackets, and last night she wore a dressed-up version of one of my other all-time favorites.  Many of you will remember this sweet number from 2009 – a more business-like version.  I love her new rose-colored satin version equally – pretty in pink and  beautiful in ruffles.


Sharing this article which contains some of what Hillary said and spotlights those pink ruffles as well.

Lady in Pink

Honoree Hillary Clinton stands out at the inaugural black-tie gala for Save the Children



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“Literally, just about the only person not in black here tonight is Hillary,” one male guest said to his tablemates last night at the inaugural Save the Children gala presented by Calvin Klein. He was referring to the one-and-only Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state was sporting a bubblegum-pink number, but she was all business when she accepted her National Legacy Award from the children’s rights and relief organization at Cipriani 42nd Street. As she made her way to the stage, the crowd, including Caroline Kennedy, Victor Cruz, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jennifer Garner (also an honoree for the evening), got to their feet to give Clinton a standing ovation.

“Whoopi Goldberg and I were just talking about how people in today’s world know what their favorite celebrity wore to dinner last night because of social media,” Clinton said. “Let’s use social media in a more effective way, to convey what brain scientists now know about brain development. Help us to try to build the best brains we can in America’s children, because there isn’t anything more important than doing that.”

Read more to find out why Jennifer Garner’s daughter told her nervous mom to pretend she was speaking to Gandhi and Martha Stewart >>>>

+++Adding+++ this cute blog post by Jenna Bush Hager.  She has a video there, too.

Jenna Bush Hager: I’m ‘related’ to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager
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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager

Earlier this week, you saw my interview with Jennifer Garner about her work with a great organization, Save the Children. For ways to get involved, go to www.savethechildren.org.

I emceed the event, which means I also had the opportunity to share the stage with Secretary Hillary Clinton (no pressure, right?).

Read more and see the video >>>>

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With CGI 2013 in the archives, and its participants energetically diving into new and continuing commitments, initiatives, and projects,  Hillary Clinton is not one to let the grass grow under her kitten heels.  She, too, launched headlong into another busy week today.

At her D.C. home, Hillary hosted a fundraiser for family friend and Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe.  She will host  a second McAuliffe fundraiser in New York City on October 15.  This evening she is being honored by the Children’s Defense Fund at the Kennedy Center.

Tuesday will find her back on home turf in New York to receive a National Legacy Award from Save the Children at a gala funded by Calvin Klein at Cipriani.  On Friday she will head upstate to Clinton,  New York where Hamilton College will host her as part of their Great Names Speaker Series.

Finally, she will end the week in New Haven, Connecticut where the Yale Law School  will honor her with their Award of Merit during Alumni Weekend.  Yale has a Youtube channel that will provide video of the event.

Congratulations, Madame Secretary, on the well-deserved recognition of your work, and thank you for the words of wisdom you never fail to impart.   We are always right here watching with admiration and pride!


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Readers here are familiar with Hillary’s Too Small to Fail initiative concentrating on supporting child development ages 0-5.  One pillar that effort is the emphasis on reading with small children as a foundation for strong literacy skills in later years.  Save the Children has done parallel research on the effect of early reading on pre-literacy skills.   Marie Claire reports that a gala fundraiser for Save the Children, sponsored by Calvin Klein, will honor Hillary on October 1 with a National Legacy Award.



Calvin Klein to Sponsor the First Save the Children Benefit Gala

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