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Good Reading Skills Begin at Birth

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report showing that the nation’s 9 and 13 year-olds are doing better in reading than at any point since 1971. The report went on to show that the achievement gap between black, Hispanic, and white students has narrowed significantly.

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Focusing on Early Learning Pays Off

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

This week, one of our partner organizations, Zero To Three, hosted a virtual event to raise awareness and support for improved early childhood education. Titled “Rally4Babies,” the event garnered participation from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and various early childhood advocates (including actress Jennifer Garner!).

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High Levels of Emotional Stress Can Be Toxic to Children, But Nurturing Can Help

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Research has found that adverse childhood experiences like poverty, a parent’s job loss, or parental substance abuse, cause severe stress in young children, impacting the physical development of their brains, which consequently may have broader impacts on our local communities and our economy.

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A Message from Hillary Clinton and Too Small to Fail

Hillary Clinton
By Hillary Clinton

Since launching Too Small to Fail last week, we’ve heard from thousands of parents, business and community leaders, teachers, and doctors across the country who want to be a part of this national effort. This initiative is exciting to so many because it promises easy to understand, evidence-based guidance to help us all contribute to the success of young children in America, regardless of which neighborhoods they live in or what languages they speak at home.

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