Chelsea Clinton leads Day of Action in New York City with Too Small To Fail, the National Diaper Bank Network, Penguin Young Readers, and The HopeLine
Volunteers assembled packs of diapers, children’s books, and Too Small to Fail tip sheets for distribution through The HopeLine community resource center in the Bronx, NY
New York, NY — In partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), Penguin Young Readers, and Huggies®, Chelsea Clinton led volunteers in a Clinton Foundation Day of Action to help families in the Bronx. At this week’s service project, volunteers bundled 20,000 diapers, 2,000 copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and parent tip sheets from Too Small to Fail that will be distributed to families served by The HopeLine, a community resource center in the Bronx. Penguin Young Readers also announced a donation of an additional 25,000 new children’s books to be distributed through NDBN member diaper banks this year.
The partnership, “Diaper Time is Talk Time” provides parents and caregivers with tips and information on how simple daily interactions – like singing songs or sharing back-and-forth interactions during diaper changing time or reading books – can boost young children’s early brain and language development. This was the third annual diaper repack and to date, Too Small to Fail and the National Diaper Bank Network have distributed more than 125,000 high-quality children’s books donated by Penguin Young Readers, to children and families served by diaper bank programs in more than 50 communities across the country. The partnership began through a 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action aiming to promote early literacy through diaper banks across the country.
The HopeLine, an NDBN-member program, works to provide low-income families with the critical skills and essential resources they need to become more resilient and upwardly mobile. One in three U.S. families reports experiencing diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy. In homes and communities where diaper need is prevalent, children’s access to books and other early literacy resources is also often limited.
“Every child deserves the dignity and health of a clean diaper,” said Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. “I’m so proud that we have partnered with The HopeLine, the National Diaper Bank Network, and Penguin Young Readers to provide parents with diapers, books, and early literacy tip sheets to keep their babies healthy and to nurture their brain development for the best possible start in life.”
“We know that basic necessities – like diapers and early-literacy materials – are vital to building the strong foundations children need to thrive,” said Joanne Goldblum, CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network. “Chelsea’s support for this partnership draws attention to the issue of diaper need, and furthers our collective efforts to improve the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of children and their families.”
“Penguin Young Readers is committed to putting books into the hands of our littlest readers,” said Stephanie Sabol, VP of Business Development at Penguin Young Readers. “Reading is essential for the development of young minds and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Too Small to Fail, The National Diaper Bank Network, and The Hopeline.”
“Having clean and dry diapers is not a luxury, it’s a necessity and too many don’t have enough access to it,” said Maria Cintron, The HopeLine executive director. “The HopeLine created the first Bronx Diaper Center in 2015 that helped carve the way for many parents to get access to diapers keeping their babies happy and healthy. To date, we have distributed over 420,000 diapers and still have the ability to continue thanks to the support of events like Day of Action. “
Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the Clinton Foundation has hosted over 40 Days of Action in the United States and abroad, which have mobilized more than 8,000 volunteers and donated more than 32,000 volunteer hours.
To access information and resources related to the “Diaper Time is Talk Time” initiative, please visit www.diaperbanknetwork.org/diapertimetalktime.
About Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, promotes early brain and language development by supporting parents and caregivers 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 and reading 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.
About the Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.
As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.
We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.
Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.
About the National Diaper Bank Network
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 220 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).
About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children's book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Kathy Dawson Books, Kokila, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Workshop, Philomel, Puffin, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Marie Lu, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Ruta Sepetys, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Who Was?, and Flower Fairies among many others. Penguin Young Readers is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.