FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2016
Miami, FL – On Thursday, June 2, Too Small to Fail will co-host an event with the White House and the Invest in Us campaign on the need to support early learning and the development of dual language learners. The event will bring together local and national early childhood leaders, advocates, researchers, families, and business leaders to discuss challenges and specific actions and investments to better support dual language learners.
The event will feature a series of remarks and panel discussions emphasizing the importance and effectiveness of high quality early learning environments for dual language learners and the implications for early childhood educators. Research shows that developing a child’s home language provides the foundation for reading, writing, and school success.
Several announcements and new resources will be released at the event, including:
- A new policy statement by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on supporting dual language learners in early education settings;
- The expansion of Too Small to Fail’s “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” public awareness and action campaign into Miami-Dade and Monroe. Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Opportunity Institute and Clinton Foundation, promotes early brain and language development by encouraging parents to engage in meaningful activities with their young children starting at birth; and,
- Three research briefs on the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism, as well as on language diversity in the educator workforce to support young dual-language learners, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science, the University of California Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project, and the New America Foundation, respectively.
The event is being held at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Demonstration School, Educare Miami-Dade, an organization dedicated to the implementation of dual language learning.
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The White House, Too Small to Fail & Invest In Us Event on Dual Language Learners
Roberto Rodríguez, Deputy Assistant to the President Education, White House Domestic Policy Council
Donna E. Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation
Alina Mayo Azze, News Anchor, Univision Noticias 23 (Miami, FL)
Kris Perry, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund
Kara Dukakis, Director, Too Small to Fail
Evelio Torres, President & CEO, Early Learning Coalition of Miami/Dade and Monroe
Patricia Kuhl, Professor, University of Washington
JoAnn Rullan, Director, Community Empowerment Initiatives, Univision Communications Inc.
Gladys Montes, Vice President, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
Sylvia Acevedo, Presidential Commissioner at White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Carlos Migoya, President and CEO, Jackson Health System
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Blanca Enriquez, Director of the Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Program: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET, Preset: 9:00 AM ET
United Way of Miami-Dade
Ansin Building, Ryder Board Room
3250 SW 3 Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
For press credentials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, math, and social-emotional skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere.
Learn more at www.toosmall.org. Find resources for parents and caregivers at www.talkingisteaching.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/2smalltofail), Twitter (@2SmalltoFail), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/2smalltofail).
About Invest in US
Launched in 2014 by President Obama at the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, Invest in US is a challenge to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, public officials and the public to build a better nation through high-quality early childhood programs for children from birth to age five. When we invest in them, we invest in us.