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Good Nutrition is Key for a Healthier Baby

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By Too Small to Fail

Fostering good health in children is a life-long endeavor that begins with proper nutrition and healthy food choices in the early years. Babies and toddlers who are fed low-calorie, nutritious foods are healthier and do better in school than kids who consume high-calorie foods. But when we consider that the healthy development of a child is also dependent on choices that her mother made while pregnant, it becomes apparent that nutrition and good health are intrinsically linked in ways we are just beginning to understand.

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Raising Families Together

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By Too Small to Fail

Raising healthy children is the most important responsibility of parents, but it is also one of the most important responsibilities of our society. Healthy children become healthier adults, and contribute to the strength of our economy. There is much to be done to ensure that families have the support they need from workplaces and communities so that all children have high-quality care from birth on.

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Early Education Is An Investment In Our Future

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By Too Small to Fail

In her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013, Secretary Clinton asked the audience, “Why is it that China is committed to providing 70% of its children with three years of preschool by 2020?” It wasn’t just a rhetorical question—Clinton was making a point about how developing countries like China and India have quickly realized that investments in early childhood education equal a smarter workforce that is ready to compete in a global economy.

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Good Reading Skills Begin at Birth

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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

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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

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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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