Category: Newsletter

Looking Forward to the New Year

Hillary Clinton
By Hillary Clinton

As we prepare to bid farewell to this year, and welcome a new one, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and educators who have been following Too Small to Fail, and are helping to prepare America's children for success. Your love for your children, as well as your support for your families and communities, are so important to the well-being of our nation's youngest children and will help establish a positive trajectory for the most vulnerable among us.

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Learning and Good Health Begin in the Womb

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul asked her audience a question during a presentation on early child development two years ago: When does human learning actually begin? The answer is that a human being begins to learn long before school starts, or even before she is born. Learning begins in-utero, when fetuses first start to recognize the sound of their mothers’ voices and the patterns of daily life.

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Children And Media Can Mix, But With Caution

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

“When I saw that my daughter still didn’t know her ABCs at age three, I panicked. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I better do something quick so she can catch up to the other kids.’ So I got her an alphabet app on the iPad.” This statement from the mother of a toddler in San Jose, California, is evidence of the relationship that many parents have today with media and technology. Parents recognize that there is value in the devices that surround us daily, but there is much confusion about what is appropriate screen time or even appropriate devices to share with young children.

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Our 'Soft Skills' May Be Most Important Skills of All

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Learning how to take turns, control emotions, share with others and pay attention to instruction are important skills for all human beings, regardless of age. But recent research has found that these so-called “soft skills”—social and emotional development skills—are critical to success in school and life, and they actually begin forming earlier than previously believed. In fact, these skills may be the most important skills we learn as they open the path for all future learning.

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Giving Thanks

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Here at Too Small to Fail, our staff’s time is usually pretty consumed by the myriad things that we’re responsible for managing on a daily basis—collaborating with individuals and partner organizations, learning about and sharing new research that we think will benefit parents and caregivers, developing creative and engaging content for our different audiences, and so on. All while finding the time to manage our own family responsibilities at home.

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Encouraging Stability is Key for Families in Flux

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

American families have changed dramatically since the 1960s. Whereas two parent households were the norm several decades ago, today families come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can present unique challenges to the stability and long-term development of children if not managed carefully.

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Quality Child Care Is Important for Healthy Development

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

For working parents, child care is a critically important factor in their ability to earn a living for their families. The economic reality of our country is that most families today consist of working parents – either a single parent doing it on her own, or two working parents trying to juggle work schedules with caring for their children. For unemployed parents, affordable child care can provide them with the time to attend school, go to doctor’s visits, look for work or just get a much-needed break.

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For Vocabulary Development, Talking is Teaching

Ann O'Leary
By Ann O'Leary

The gap in school performance among minority students or those of a lower socioeconomic status is nothing new to the world of education policy. Yet it’s become increasingly clear that one of the early mechanisms of this difference in achievement – and one of the drivers behind our initiative, Too Small to Fail – is a distressing gap in the number of words some children experience when they enter school.

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Unemployment Takes a Heavy Toll on Children, Too

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

More than 12 million children currently live in households where at least one parent is unemployed or underemployed; about 11 percent of those children, or 2.8 million, are five-years-old or younger. This population has approximately doubled in size since before the United States recession, and shows no sign of decreasing. Families that experience unemployment come from a wide range of ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds, though unemployment tends to be most heavily experienced among African American and Hispanic families.

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Attachment Parenting is Key to More Secure Children

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Decades of research have shown that positive interactions between parents and children have a major impact on the development of children’s brains.  When babies are first born, they look for the warmth of their mothers to help them feel safe and secure. As children develop, how their parents respond to their needs shapes their emotional, mental and social well-being.

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