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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton To Kick Off Volunteer Event at Dreamforce 2014 As Part of Oakland Campaign to Close the Word Gap

Dreamforce Attendees Will Assemble Thousands of Tote Bags Filled With Books, Tips and Clothing for Oakland Parents and Caregivers
On Twitter: #LetsTalkDF and #DFGives
Open Press Event: Dreamforce Plaza, Moscone Center, near 4th Street and Howard; October 14th, 10:30am PT

San Francisco, Calif. – Dreamforce 2014—Following her keynote address at Dreamforce 2014 tomorrow, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, Bay Area business and community leaders, and Dreamforce volunteers to kick off a day-long effort to fill thousands of tote bags with materials designed to encourage Oakland parents and caregivers to talk, read and sing to their children from birth.

The tote bags are part of “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing”, a community-wide campaign that aims to close the word gap by highlighting for parents and caregivers how simple actions done every day from birth—like describing objects seen during a bus ride, singing songs, reading aloud or telling stories—can significantly improve a baby’s vocabulary and boost their brain development. The “word gap” refers to the difference of about 30 million words that children in low-income families hear by age four, compared to their high-income peers. The fewer words children hear, the fewer they learn, and the more likely they are to experience an achievement gap, which persists through the school years and has a life-long impact on health and well-being. Research has shown that parents and caregivers can help close the word gap by increasing the number of words they speak to their children from birth every day.

During the three-year Talking is Teaching campaign, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and other local partners will distribute to parents thousands of tote bags filled with clothing bearing campaign messages; a toolkit by Sesame Street; books from Scholastic; and information about how to sign up for Text4baby, a free mobile health service for pregnant women and new mothers.

The Talking is Teaching campaign in Oakland is a partnership between Too Small to Fail and the Bay Area Council, and the creative clothing and media materials were designed with Goodby Silverstein & Partners.  The campaign is supported with a generous gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff, as well as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and John and Lisa Pritzker.

Key partners and supporters of the local campaign joining Secretary Clinton and Mr. Benioff to kick-off the day-long volunteer activity include: Dr. Bert Lubin, President and CEO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland; Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of Bay Area Council; Jim Steyer, Board Chair and Co-Founder of Next Generation; Rosemary Turner, Northern California President at UPS; Jeff Goodby, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Goodby Silverstein & Partners; and Dr. Elio Gizzi, Chief of General Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente East Bay.

For more information about the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign and its partners, visit www.toosmall.org.


About Too Small to Fail 

Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, aims to help parents, communities and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. 

In 2014, Too Small to Fail is focused on closing the “word gap.” Studies have found that by age four, children in middle and upper income families hear 30 million more words than children than their lower income peers. This disparity in hearing words from parents and caregivers translates directly into a disparity in learning words. And that puts our children born with the fewest advantages even further behind. Among those born in 2001, only 48 percent of poor children started school ready to learn, compared to 75 percent of children from middle-income families.

The “word gap” is a significant but solvable challenge. Too Small to Fail is about parents, caregivers, other concerned individuals, and the private sector coming together to take small, research-based actions with big impacts.

Learn more at www.toosmall.org and on Twitter @2SmalltoFail.

About The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.  Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; more than 6.8 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $100 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 50 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world. 

Learn more at www.clintonfoundation.org, and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.

About Next Generation

Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans:  The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future. 

Learn more at www.thenextgeneration.org,www.facebook.com/thenextgeneration.org and on Twitter @nextgen_USA.

About Dreamforce 2014

The 12th annual Dreamforce event is set to be the largest software event ever, with more than 135,000 people expected to register to attend and an additional five million expected to join online. Dreamforce is a truly global event, with attendees from more than 90 countries around the world flocking to San Francisco to experience four high-energy days of innovation, education, fun and giving back. From this global stage, salesforce.com will unveil the future of enterprise technology–exploring how cloud, social, mobile and connected technologies are transforming the way companies connect with their customers, partners, employees and products.