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Univision Contigo, Too Small to Fail and Vroom Launch Second Annual Campaign With Enhanced Tools To Mobilize Hispanic Families And Boost Brain Building Moments With Young Children

MIAMI, FL – MARCH 31, 2015 – Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, as part of its Univision Contigo empowerment platform, today announced the launch of the next phase of the “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable) initiative. Building on the success of last year’s campaign, Univision has renewed its partnership with Too Small to Fail, and expanded the campaign through a new partnership with Vroom, an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation, to invite parents and families to commit to engaging with their young children for at least 15 minutes each day, transforming everyday moments into brain building experiences. This expanded initiative seeks to raise awareness among Hispanic families about how meaningful, quality interactions with children from birth through age five boost early brain development, ultimately strengthening their skills in early numeracy and literacy, and proving the benefits of bilingualism.

The month-long, multimedia “Acción por los Niños” awareness campaign kicks off the morning of April 1, 2015 on Univision Network’s popular morning show, “Despierta América” (Wake Up America), with special programming and events planned throughout the month on select national and local Univision properties. “Acción por los Niños” culminates on April 30, Día de los Niños (Children‘s Day) — a holiday celebrated in Latin America and by Hispanic communities in the U.S. — and will be delivered across Univision’s full array of media platforms and channels. 

To move from awareness to quantifiable action, the campaign encourages parents and families to pledge to spend at least 15 minutes every day transforming routine moments — like meal times, neighborhood walks, and bedtime — into brain building opportunities for their children. Parents who sign up by taking the text-message-based pledge (made by texting EXITO to 262-62) will receive tools and resources from Univision and its partners, including weekly tips and prompts from Vroom, and expert guidance from Too Small to Fail, to help their children develop learning skills and reach their full potential. Parents and family members who take the pledge may be featured on Univision’s broadcast, digital and social platforms by sharing images of how they spend 15 minutes engaging with their child, and tips on how others can create brain building moments, using the hashtag #PequeñosyValiosos.

The month-long promotion will include the following elements:

This second annual campaign builds on an award-winning, successful first year which helped parents take meaningful action to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five by delivering expert research, commentary, and information across Univision platforms, during which the initiative:

“Pequeños y Valiosos” is a joint partnership of Univision Contigo, Too Small to Fail and Vroom, an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation, with additional funding support provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

Univision Contigo’s education initiative is the nation’s longest-running education campaign on the air in any language, spanning across television, radio, digital and community events.

CONTACT:  Univision Communications Inc.

Paola Hernandez

pahernandez@univision.net

646-560-4979

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, a bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, including over 65 radio stations, exclusive digital channels and a custom radio offering with more than 25 million songs, Univision.com, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.Univision.net.

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 2015, Too Small to Fail is focusing its work 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 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 Vroom

The first five years of life are critically important to children’s future learning and success. Every time we connect with young children, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. Inspired by this compelling research, the Bezos Family Foundation has worked with scientists, community leaders, families, and many others to create Vroom, a new initiative empowering parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development. Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments.

So whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds.

Learn more at www.joinvroom.org and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/vroom