December 6, 2019
Dec 06

MEDIA ADVISORY: President Clinton to Visit Clinton Foundation Programs Helping People in New York City and Long Island

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

MEDIA ADVISORY: President Clinton to Visit Clinton Foundation Programs Helping People in New York City and Long Island

On December 10th, President Clinton will see new and established foundation programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island that are improving the health and wellness of high school students; helping small businesses with clean energy and efficiency; and supporting parents and caregivers in promoting young children’s early brain and language development in the New York region

NEW YORK, NY – On December 10, President Bill Clinton will travel to three sites across the New York City region to advance Clinton Foundation programs that are making a difference across the United States. President Clinton will hear from individuals who are being supported by Foundation programs, and see firsthand the impact of the Foundation’s work.

For almost two decades, the Clinton Foundation has worked around the world, across the United States, and throughout the New York region to improve people’s lives by creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. The Clinton Foundation is based in New York City, where most of our programs outside of the Clinton Presidential Center are headquartered. Next week’s visits will focus on our programs that are addressing early child development, health and wellness, education, and the environment.

These sites include:

  • Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in Manhattan, which has improved nutrition, exercise and social-emotional well-being programs for students with support from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Healthier Generation is a joint program between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association that has reached over 29 million students across the country through health and wellness programs.
  • Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which has undergone an energy retrofit thanks to a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University commitment. As a CGI University student, Donnel Baird made a commitment to help lower power bills and improve energy consumption for communities across the U.S., and launched BlocPower which has completed energy retrofits in nearly 1,000 locations.
  • Laundro Lux in Deer Park, Long Island, which is unveiling a new literacy-rich play space at a local laundromat thanks to Too Small to Fail, the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood education initiative, and their partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation. Through this partnership, laundromats across the country are being transformed into playful learning spaces providing parents and caregivers with books, toys, and other early literacy resources to boost children’s early brain and language development during laundry time. 

Full descriptions of the sites and programs are below. To apply to cover these visits, please email [email protected] with your name, organization, and relevant contact information.


Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

140 W 102nd St.

New York, NY 10025

Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to create a healthier school environment where all students can thrive. The school was most recently named to Healthier Generation’s 2019 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools,” becoming one of only eight schools nationwide to achieve the highest distinction—the National Healthy Schools Gold Award. Through our collaboration, West Side High School has started serving healthier meal options, teaching students how to cook healthier snacks, and implemented programs to encourage physical activity and mindfulness.

West Side High School, a transfer school designed to meet the needs of students that did not find success in traditional high schools, joined Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program in 2011. The students, staff and administration have been making healthy changes ever since, including adding a before-school spin class and serving healthier foods. In total, the school has earned national recognition from Healthier Generation six times, prompting high praise across the district and nation, as well as a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2015.

More info about Healthier Generation’s work in New York can be found here.

Cornerstone Baptist Church

574 Madison St.

Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Cornerstone Baptist Church has completed an energy retrofit, including energy efficiency upgrades like more efficient lighting and a chiller system. This retrofit was done by BlocPower, a startup founded as a CGI University commitment by Donnel Baird. Donnel made his commitment to help lower power bills and improve energy consumption for communities across the U.S. at CGI University in 2013. Since then, he has launched BlocPower and completed energy retrofits in nearly 1,000 churches, charter schools, small businesses, and other nonprofits in American inner cities. These customers are saving 20-40% annually on their energy bills.

Since 2008, there have been more than 2,000 CGI U commitment-makers from the New York area and schools participating in the CGI U Network include Fashion Institute of Technology, Westchester Community College, New York University, Cornell University, Nazareth College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and New Jersey City University. The CGI U Network provides a distinct global professional development opportunity for administrators and professors to connect, share best practices, and lessons learned in the spaces of social innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, career services, and civic engagement within higher education.

Laundro Lux Laundromat

1921 Deer Park Ave. B

Deer Park, NY 11729

Laundro Lux Laundromat in Long Island is partnering with Too Small to Fail’s (TSTF) “Wash Time is Talk Time” initiative and the LaundryCares Foundation, to encourage parents and caregivers to turn laundry time into meaningful opportunities to talk, read, and sing with their children. This visit will include the unveiling of a new “Family Read, Play & Learn” space inside the laundromat location. “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces are playful learning areas designed to help prompt language-rich activities between young children and their parents/caregivers. These spaces include a comfortable sofa, bookshelf filled with high-quality bilingual children’s books, puppets, crayons, blocks, magnetic letters/numbers, and posters about fun ways to help children learn during laundry time.

TSTF, in partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation, are aiming to have 600 spaces implemented by summer 2020. By December 2019, there will be five laundromats in New York City that feature Too Small to Fail’s “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces. New York City also served as the testing ground for the first formal evaluation of early literacy spaces in laundromats ever conducted. Three laundromats (one in Brooklyn, one in Queens and one in the Bronx) were transformed into literacy-rich environments complete with children’s books, a comfortable couch for families to sit and read together, as well as educational toys. These three laundromats served as the treatment sites and were compared to three business-as-usual laundromats (one in Brooklyn, one in Queens and one in the Bronx) that served as the control sites. Findings from this evaluation revealed that “Family Read & Play Space” significantly enhanced children’s time spent on literacy-rich activities that support school readiness. (Children were observed engaging in 30 times more literacy activities in laundromats that include the spaces compared to the laundromats that did not have these areas). Full evaluation findings can be accessed here.

In New York, TSTF also partners with diaper banks, playgrounds, early childhood centers, health clinics, and more to promote young children’s early brain and language development. Most recently, in 2019, Brownsville, Brooklyn became one of TSTF’s twenty-seven “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” community campaigns across the country. The campaign is currently focused on its “Books for Brownsville” initiative in which local providers (including health workers, librarians, home visitors, and early childhood educators) are trained on family engagement best practices and the importance of promoting talking, reading, and singing from birth. The providers distribute Too Small to Fail’s tote bags filled with high-quality tools to promote early brain and language development.  In January 2020, United for Brownsville is expanding its strategy to include two local grocery stores -- the Food Bazaar and Cherry Valley Market. Prompts and signs will be placed in these stores to promote language-rich interactions while children and their caregivers shop together.

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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, those values have 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.