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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



Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jennifer Garner
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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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As you know, Hillary Clinton was honored last night at a Kennedy Center gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund.  If you were watching the Hillary news feeds, however, you might have thought the only headlines were about CNN and NBC dropping plans for movies and documentaries.   To honor Hillary, CDF made their own video about her.

Hillary never slows down.  She has embarked on several wonderful initiatives, including Too Small to Fail, as she mentions in the video and below.  Americans and the world do not need scripted movies, documentary or otherwise,  to tell us about her work.  We have the real Hillary herself – her actions and her words.

Here is her tweet from last night’s event followed by the video and transcript of her remarks (thanks to CDF and Digital Journal), a rare treat since she left DOS!


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WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the remarks below at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). In her speech, Secretary Clinton discusses the need to invest in the education and health of children, her work at the Clinton Foundation and her experience working with CDF and Marian Wright Edelman. The event was held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Kennedy Center. 

What a great evening! Oh. I tell you, my only regret about tonight and this remarkable 40th anniversary is that I wish we could have held it at the Capitol and shared the enthusiasm, the stories, the resolve, the commitment and mission with those Members of our Congress, so that they understand why we can never give up. As Marian has said, this is the work of a lifetime. We’ve made progress. We’ve seen changes. We have watched the results of these young people who have been on the stage with us, and we know that that’s what America is really all about, the kind of values and commitment that we’ve seen.

I am one of the many people whose life was changed by Marian, and I was very lucky that I tracked her down one day when she was at the law school we both attended and asked her if I could have a job. She said she had no jobs because she had no money to pay anybody. I said, “Well, that’s a problem because I need to make money to go to law school,” and she said, “Well, if you can figure out how to get yourself paid, I’ll give you a job.” So I looked everywhere I could possibly look and found a paid stipend for the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council internship, and off I went for my first experience working for Marian.

And we’ve heard a lot about the example that Marian has set, the passion that she brings to her work and inspires in so many of us, but I want to add that she also really looked at the evidence. She never was unprepared. She knew that if we were to make a case on behalf of the children of our country, we had to have our facts straight. We had to know exactly what was going on in order to be advocates and agents of change.

One of my first experiences was when Marian intuited by sort of talking to people and then analyzed Census data and school enrollment and came to us and said, “I don’t understand it. I mean, there are so many more children in our country than we have in school who are of school age. We have to figure out what’s going on.” So I was one of the many people recruited to go door to door in some select Census districts and literally knocking on the door and, when someone answered the door, saying, “Do you have any children in the home who are not in school?” It was that hard daily work of gathering the facts, and what did I find? I found some children weren’t in school because they had to work to help support the family or they had to take care of their siblings, but I mostly found children with disabilities who in those days were not really welcome in our schools, children whose families couldn’t afford the wheelchair or the hearing aid or the other intervention that might have made it possible for them to attend school, and I was one of many who reported back the data. And as a result of all the work by so many of us, the Children’s Defense Fund published its very first report called “Children Out of School in America.”

And then Marian took the data and used it to convince lawmakers in Washington that more needed to be done to make sure that all of our children, including our children with disabilities, have the chance for an education, and in 1975, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. And for me, that was transformative.

Marian was equal parts passion and compassion, toughness and tenderness, and relentless on behalf of children, justice, and progress.

And then in the 1980s, CDF successfully pushed to expand Medicaid to cover more pregnant women and children under 5 and children with disabilities. In the 1990s, we worked together to create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, to improve the foster care and adoption systems, to expand Early Head Start, and then after 2000, CDF kept fighting for kids in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, in Head Start, working with both Republicans and Democrats, and of course, the work goes on.

There are dozens of laws on the books of the United States protecting children and supporting families that would not be there were it not for the Children’s Defense Fund. And I for one am very happy that even though now 90 percent of our children have access to health care, when the Affordable Care Act actually goes into implementation tomorrow, we will raise that number.

One of the many things that I love about Marian is that no matter how depressing the headlines, she keeps her eye on the trend lines. What’s happening with our kids? What can we do to improve the chances that more kids will be able to achieve educational success? And the Freedom Schools is a brilliant intervention in children’s lives in places where for too long, there wasn’t that kind of opportunity to learn, to collaborate, to think and dream as big as possible.

So although we are celebrating 40 years, which seems like a really long time, in the history of a country, it’s not that long. It’s just that our mission is so precious and urgent because, after all, today in America, more than 16 million children live in poverty, the highest percentage since the 1990s, and despite all the advances we’ve made, our babies are still more likely to be born underweight and undernourished in the last year than they were in 1990. And the prevalence of chronic health conditions in American children, including obesity, asthma, behavior and learning problems, and other conditions have more than doubled in the past two decades. And yes, nearly half of all the recipients of food stamps are children, 22 million who rely on that program to get the food they need to be healthy, to be able to pay attention in school, to thrive for the future.

So why on earth would some want to be tearing down the support structure that keeps our children healthy?

So, yes, there’s a lot of work to be done. I for one am looking forward to continuing that work, both as a partner with CDF and at the Clinton Foundation working with my husband and my daughter, trying to make sure that we all do what we can to help more kids beat the odds, and I could not be prouder or happier to have sat in the audience and heard the stories of just a few of the young people, to see the performances of just a few of the young people whose lives have been touched, even transformed by the Children’s Defense Fund.

So I know I was sitting next to Marian when we heard that extraordinary speech from our young City Councilmember in Stockton, and, you know, I do have an eye for political talent.

So I kind of expect that we’ll be hearing more from him, but he had this great cadence going about how in the next 40 years, the next 40 years. And Marian is going, “We can’t wait that long.”

Well, we can’t. We can’t. We want the next generation and the generation after that to have many more opportunities to realize the American dream, however they define it, to be able to live up to their own God-given potential, and we want to keep making progress every year, year by year, to make it clear that every child is our child. And we will not rest until every single child has the same chance to beat the odds as the ones you saw tonight.

Thank you and God bless you Marian Edelman.

Raymonde Charles
Press Secretary
202-662-3508 (office)

SOURCE Children’s Defense Fund

Here are a few more twitpics.

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Our girl last night.


I have loved this jacket, which she wears only rarely and exclusively to evening events,  since the first time she wore it to a function during a NATO summit in April 2009.  It looks every bit as lovely on her now as it did then.

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2009 NATO Summit

Hillary’s work for children will be further recognized this evening when Save the Children honors her with their National Legacy Award.  Seeing her so honored trumps a movie any day of the week.  Our best congratulations, Mme. Secretary on two such accolades in two days!

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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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