Improving Literacy One Load of Laundry at a Time
Too Small to Fail launches an important campaign to help parents and caregivers develop their kids’ literacy skills in everyday situations.
Talking is teaching: 5 creative ways to help your baby learn today
The more words children hear spoken to them by parents and caregivers from birth, the more words they learn. They can then become better communicators with others, and are better prepared to read and learn. Here are 5 fun ways you can he...
Hooray for Hollywood: How Charities Influence Your Favorite TV Shows
Learn more about Too Small to Fail's Hollywood strategy in the Observer >>
How to talk about race with your kids
How you talk to a child often depends on their identity — and yours. Read more >>
Laundromats, Playgrounds to Promote Early-Childhood Literacy
Reading during the rinse cycle? Singing during the spin dry? Why not? asks Too Small to Fail.
Why The Clinton Foundation Wants More Parents To Read To Kids At Laundromats
Too Small To Fail, an early childhood initiative from the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, is hoping to turn local laundromats around the country into hotbeds for early childhood education.
The Impact of Talking, Reading, and Singing to Your Young Child May Surprise You
Even before your children can speak for themselves, they are listening — talking, reading, and singing to your young child exposes them to a variety of words that they may not have otherwise heard.
23 helpful texts for new parents, timed to coincide with baby's growth
A new texting program from Sesame Street and Too Small to Fail aims to show parents that child development can happen in routine moments - and doesn't require an advanced degree or fancy toys. Read more >>
The Talking Cure
One morning in September, Lissette Castrillón, a caseworker in Providence, Rhode Island, drove to an apartment on the western edge of town to visit Annie Rodriguez, a young mother, and her two-year-old daughter, Eilen. Castrill&oa...
Chelsea Clinton Shares Her Mommy Routines with Baby Charlotte
New mom Chelsea Clinton talks about bonding with her baby Charlotte and shares why she's so passionate about talking, reading and singing to her baby. Watch the video >>
'Invest in Us,’ and Our Parents, Too
Invest in us. We’re too small to fail. So say a growing number of businesses, foundations, organizations and state and local leaders of children in their first five years (from birth to age 5). Today, President Obama...
We All Must Focus On Early Childhood Education
If we are going to be competitive as a society, we are going to have to close the “word gap.”
President Bill Clinton Talks About the Importance of Early Learning
President Clinton discusses Too Small to Fail and the importance of early learning and brain development on the Ellen Degeneres Show. See more on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Do You Know the 5 Rs of Early Education?
If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s likely your pediatrician will ask during your child’s next well visit how much reading takes place at home.
Bridging the Word Gap
Last week, the Obama Administration, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, hosted a group of advocates at the White House for a day of shared learning on “Bridging the Word Gap.”
Providence Mayor Taveras honored in Washington for city's work in early childhood education
Mayor Angel Taveras went to Washington Thursday to take part in a conference at the White House on bridging the word gap, where he was honored for his work on early childhood education.
Poor Kids Are Starving for Words
The White House launches a new literacy initiative aimed at low-income children.
At the White House: Mapping Innovations to Bridge the Word Gap
The conversation on reducing the “word gap” in early childhoodhas reached new heights: Today the White House Office on Science and Technology is hosting a group of policymakers, researchers, and early childhood ...
White House to Announce $2 Million Study on Early Learning
The White House on Thursday will announce a new initiative to encourage technological and research support to combat the word gap, a learning curve many low-income children face in their early years before entering school.
White House Wants Poor Parents to Speak More to Kids
By reading and talking to babies from birth, research has shown kids can enter school better prepared for success.
The White House Takes a Bold New Step to Close the Word Gap
Today, Too Small to Fail will join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Urban Institute for an all-day conference entitled “Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Bridge the Word Gap.”
Importance of talking to infants now on TV
Too Small to Fail is pleased to announce that our message of talking, reading, and singing to young children to promote early brain development has been featured in two popular TV shows - Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" and ABC Family's "The Fosters!"
This Cute Shirt Could Make Your Child Smarter
To help remind parents that talking, reading, and singing to their children promotes early brain development, we're using this cute (and stylish) line of baby clothing as part of our launch of Too Small to Fail in Oakland, California.
These Cute Baby Clothes Are Designed To Get Parents Talking And Help Little Brains Develop
As part of our Oakland launch, Too Small To Fail announced a line of baby clothes designed to raise awareness about the word gap! This article from Fast Company, which also features our video, explains.
Q & A with Dr. Pamela High: Should reading be part of a checkup with the pediatrician?
The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its member doctors nationwide to educate parents about the well-documented benefits of reading on early brain development. The Hechinger Report speaks with Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the policy for the AAP.
Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say
Kelly Wallace reports on the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on reading to young children in this article from CNN.
Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap
Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Check out this post on The White House Blog for a video from President Obama on closing the word gap.
For poor kids, recommendation to read aloud is even more critical
The newest medicine prescribed by pediatricians is reading aloud to your child. For children from disadvantaged families, it could make the difference between graduating from high school or falling behind before they even step inside a classroom.
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.
New guidelines from pediatricians: Read to your babies
Amy Joyce reports on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new guidelines recommending regular reading to infants in this article from The Washington Post.
Read to Your Baby, Say Doctors - But Which Books?
The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging members to encourage reading to newborns. Lily Rothman interviews Dr. Pamela High on the news in this article from TIME Magazine.
Doctors to Parents: Start Reading to Kids Early
The Associated Press reports that the nation's largest pediatricians' group says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy.
I is for infant: Reading aloud to young children benefits brain development
A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out. Check out the video from PBS!
To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.
Never Too Young: Pediatricians Say Parents Should Read To Infants
Children whose parents read to them get a head start on language skills and literacy, as well as lovely cuddle time with Mom or Dad. But many children miss out on that experience.
Reading Aloud to Infants Spurs Development, Doctors Say
An infant checkup with your pediatrician may now come with advice to read aloud to your baby -- and a children’s book.
U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children from birth
Parents benefit even the youngest children by reading to them daily, helping them to build vocabulary and communication skills critical to later success in school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a new policy statement.
Cindy McCain y Univisión promueven la lectura en los niños hispanos
Check out this Spanish-language video of Cindy McCain reading to kids at a "Pequeños y Valiosos" event in Phoenix, a partnership between Too Small to Fail and Univision.
Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word
Motoko Rich reports on nationwide efforts to close the word gap - including work from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - sponsored by Too Small to Fail.