September 17, 2013
Tuesday
Sep 17
2013

Too Small to Fail Announces Formation of Advisory and Leadership Councils

Washington, D.C.
Press Release

Hillary Rodham Clinton convenes expert group of advisors to set course of action for improving the health and well-being of children ages zero to five

Washington DC—National early childhood development experts, business leaders, community advocates and political leaders will join Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and longtime child advocate James Steyer today for the inaugural meeting of the Too Small to Fail Advisory and Leadership Councils. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of Next Generation and The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The goal of Too Small to Fail is to help parents, caregivers, communities and businesses take meaningful, evidence-based actions that will improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century.

The new advisory and leadership council members, who bring years of experience across academic disciplines and sectors, will serve as expert advisors, spokespeople, and leaders for Too Small to Fail, helping to promote a national discussion to advance understanding of the science of early childhood development among parents and other communities.

Additionally, the council members will advise Too Small to Fail in the development of a public education campaign focused on encouraging parents and caregivers to take simple actions that will improve learning and health for young children, and on securing business commitments to improve conditions for families.

"At the Clinton Foundation we’re focused on empowering people to live better lives. New scientific research is helping us understand the building blocks that children need to get the best start in life," said Secretary Clinton. "Along with Next Generation, we want to make sure that we get that information out to the largest number of parents possible. So I am grateful to all the experts in early learning, childhood development, business, and family policy who have joined Too Small to Fail. Together, we'll give parents and children what they need to succeed."

“I am really excited to work so closely with a group of experts who really care about our children, and who want to share their time and expertise with Too Small to Fail,” said James Steyer, chair of the Board and co-founder of Next Generation. “We need real solutions to the problems affecting children now, and this group will help take this conversation to boardrooms and family rooms across the country.”

The full list of Leadership Council and Advisory Council members is as follows:

Leadership Council Members

  • Susan A. Buffett – Chairman, The Sherwood Foundation, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • Senator Bill Frist – Professor of Business and Medicine, Vanderbilt University; former Majority Leader, United States Senate
  • *Carol Larson – President and CEO, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Peter Long – President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • Cindy McCain – Advisor, McCain Institute for International Leadership
  • J.B. Pritzker – Managing Partner and Co-Founder, The Pritzker Group
  • *Liz Simons – President, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • *Sterling Speirn – CEO and President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • *James Steyer – Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, Next Generation; CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media
  • Tom Steyer – Founder, Fahr LLC; Co-Founder, Next Generation

Advisory Council Members

  • *Paula Braveman – Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California, San Francisco 
  • *Ellen Bravo – Executive Director, Family Values @ Work Consortium
  • *David Coleman – President, College Board
  • Chris Edley – Professor and Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • *Ronald Ferguson – Creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement, and Faculty Co-chair and Director of Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University
  • *Sandra Gutierrez – National Program Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, Families in Schools
  • *George Halvorson – Chairman, Kaiser Permanente; Chair, California’s First 5 Commission on Children and Families
  • Nadine Burke Harris – Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
  • James Heckman – Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
  • *Joan Lombardi – Director, Early Opportunities; Senior Advisor, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund; Senior Fellow, the Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • *Melvin Ming – President and CEO, Sesame Workshop D
  • Sendhil Mullainathan – Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Founder of ideas42
  • *Kris Perry – Executive Director, First Five Years Fund
  • *Delia Pompa – Vice President for Education, National Council of La Raza
  • *Ralph Smith – Senior Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Deborah Stipek – Professor and former Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • *Dana L. Suskind – Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago; Director, the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program; Founder and Director, the Thirty Million Words Initiative
  • *Sara Martinez Tucker – CEO, National Math + Science Initiative; Former Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • *Fred Volkmar – Director, Yale Child Study Center
  • *Jane Waldfogel – Compton Foundation Centennial Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

*In attendance at meeting

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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 The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation builds partnerships of great purpose between businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals everywhere to deliver lasting solutions and empower people to live better lives. Because of our work, 18,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 African farmers have improved their crops to feed 30,000 people; 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 5 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,300 Commitments to Action to improve more than 400 million lives around the world.

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