Wednesday, October 30, 2013

From Hillary Clinton's Too Small to Fail: Attachment Parenting


Attachment Parenting is Key to More Secure Children

Decades of research have shown that positive interactions between parents and children have a major impact on the development of children’s brains.  When babies are first born, they look for the warmth of their mothers to help them feel safe and secure. As children develop, how their parents respond to their needs shapes their emotional, mental and social well-being.
Without nurturing from parents and caregivers, very young children have difficulty developing the emotional and cognitive skills they need to process the world around them. In short, they have greater difficulty learning.
A parent’s response to cries from her baby – or to her cooing – helps the baby learn the fundamental mechanics of human communication. In fact, babies whose cries are ignored often are challenged in vocabulary development later on. This is because a baby’s efforts at communication need to be met with a back-and-forth from the people closest to her in order to encourage her to continue to communicate, and eventually learn to use her words.
There are many ways that parents and caregivers can be responsive to their babies’ needs, and help them develop emotional and mental security. When a baby cries, parents can pick their babies up and cuddle, rock or sing to them. Other non-verbal actions like gazing into a baby’s eyes, stroking their heads and backs, and breastfeeding or holding them close while bottle-feeding help them relax and feel safe.
For parents and caregivers who feel challenged by their infant care-taking responsibilities, programs across the country like the Early Head Start program have been designed to support children and their families, and help promote safe and secure relationships for better children’s development.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hillary Clinton to Speak in Vancouver In March

The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle is proud to announce it will host Keynote Speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, on March 5, 2014.

The event will take place at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Member access begins November 19 at 9 a.m.

General public access begins November 23 at 9 a.m.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

Here are a few of the events on Hillary's calendar for this week.


Chicago IL
Sheraton Chicago
Vanguard fundraising luncheon for the Jewish United Fund
New York NY
Goldman Sachs
Q & A Session
Beverly Hills CA
Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl
Fundraiser Luncheon for Terry McAuliffe
Los Angeles CA

Oceana’s Partners Award Gala
Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Convention Center
Keynote: Philadelphia Conference for Women

And this from Hillary herself.

. report on women shows progress in 2/3 of countries, still more to do. I'll address on Nov 1 in Philadelphia.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton!

Happy Birthday, Mme. Secretary!

Our best wishes for a Happy Birthday, and a happy and healthy year ahead!  Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.


I am always thankful to Hillary's mom and dad for giving her to us, and to all of her family for sharing her with us when, so often, they must have wished she were with them.

If you are in the NYC metropolitan area, you can join Chelsea's Day of Action tomorrow, for Hillary's birthday.  Or you can make a contribution to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in her honor.

Hillary Clinton at Colgate

Once again eschewing the available podium and teleprompter and using no notes, Hillary Clinton held forth for just under 30 minutes on the place of the US in global leadership. Lecturing in her casual, conversational style, Hillary was guest speaker in Colgate's Kerschner Family Series

Global Leaders this evening. Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst, a foreign policy scholar in his own right, conducted the Q & A which proved to be a refreshing divergence from recent events with predictable and mundane questions from the audience. Interaction and listener participation are fine, but this was a rare treat affording the opportunity to attend what amounted to a master class team taught by two of the best possible professors of the subject.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton at the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary

Hillary wished the Center for American Progress a Happy 10th Anniversary this evening in Washington DC.  She would have jumped from a cake!  Cute.  We would love to see that!

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Hillary Clinton's Lecture at Colgate October 25 to be Webcast

Hillary Clinton Lecture

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The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. She will address the university community in Sanford Field House and online. For more information, visit


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See Hillary Clinton at the 10th Anniversary of the Center for American Progress Tonight

C-SPAN plans to cover this event live at 7:40 ET.  You may also watch a live feed of the day-long event here at the Center for American Progress website>>>>

Hillary Clinton Speaks at Center for American Progress Event

Washington, DC
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at an event celebrating the Center for American Progress' 10-year anniversary.

Democratic organizations are using Clinton's upcoming 66th birthday to raise campaign contributions. There is ongoing speculation regarding a possible 2016 presidential run by the former First Lady.
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*Related to the birthday story, the only organization that has yet to send me a card to sign is the Clinton Foundation! Ironically, that is the only organization I plan to contribute to for her birthday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton at the University of Buffalo

She spoke to a sold out hall of 8000, tonight, and she did it with no podium, no notes, and no teleprompter, citing statistics about western New York state,  particulars about  the city of Buffalo, and specifics about the university itself.   Strolling casually around the stage and speaking as if in intimate conversation with her huge audience,  Hillary Clinton appeared as part of the university's 27th Annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

The video is not embeddable, but you can access it on demand here>>>> 

Here are some pictures.

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From Hillary Clinton's Too Small to Fail: The Power of Parent Talk


Parent Talk Proves Critical for Early Learning and Vocabulary Development

A good vocabulary is vitally important to brain development because it serves as a framework for all later learning. Children who hear more words during the day spoken directly to them by their parents develop better vocabularies and are better prepared for reading comprehension and critical thinking in school. Without words, children cannot adequately express themselves and are hard-pressed to catch up later in life.
A study by Professors Betty Hart and Todd Risley in the mid-1990s found that children in low-income homes hear approximately 600 words per hour, while children in professional homes hear approximately 2,100 words per hour. This difference of 1,500 words an hour adds up to millions of words by the time a child reaches preschool age, and results in a poor child having about half the words in her vocabulary of a child in a high-income family by the time the child is 3 years-old, and this early gap translates into later gaps in academic achievement.
More recently, a study reported in The New York Times found that a vocabulary gap may exist as early as 18 months of age, making the period from birth to early toddlerhood even more critical for building language skills later in life.
In a statement released yesterday, Next Generation’s Ann O’Leary says: “Professor [Anne] Fernald’s research shows that by the time children are two years old, there is already a gap in language proficiency of six months between higher- and lower-income children. But income does not have to predict life long learning outcomes… Parents have the power to help their children succeed in learning and in life through small acts that can have a big impact.”
Parents and caregivers can make a huge difference in their children’s early learning, since vocabulary development happens during the months and years that children spend most of their time in parent or early care. Some concrete things that parents and caregivers can do with babies and young toddlers to improve vocabulary include reading to children for 15 minutes a day; narrating their day while shopping at the supermarket or taking walks; and counting out loud.

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Sandra Gutierrez, national director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors and Advisory Council member of Too Small to Fail, talks about the power of parents [in Spanish].  >>

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chelsea Clinton Will Lead a Day of Action on Hillary's Birthday

If you live in the New York metropolitan area, here is a nice way to say Happy Birthday to Hillary.   You can join Chelsea's "Day of Action" on Saturday, which is Hillary's birthday,  in Hurricane Sandy-damaged communities. 


Chelsea Clinton, hundreds of volunteers come together for second ‘Day of Action’ in communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy

New York, NY
Press Release

The Clinton Foundation, with NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Service, and St. Bernard Project, will mobilize hundreds of volunteers for a day of service
NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, October 26, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation will bring together hundreds of volunteers for a second Sandy-related “Day of Action,” an effort to aid communities that are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. This is the fifth “Day of Action” overall which has mobilized thousands of volunteers across the country to give back to their respective communities.
Led by Chelsea Clinton, volunteers will participate in multiple service projects throughout Rockaway, Queens and Staten Island rebuilding houses, cleaning and updating public parks, conducting conservation activities, a school beautification project, and more. This is the second Sandy-related “Day of Action,” recognizing that effective disaster response involves a multi-year effort that addresses long-term challenges faced by impacted communities. Projects will take place at Brookville Park, Rockaway Park, PS 197 and homes in Far Rockaway.
At approximately 1:15 PM, Chelsea Clinton will join St. Bernard Project (SBP), along with its project partners, to break ground on the future site of the first “Resilient House” – the “Designing Recovery” competition’s winning design, selected for New York. This project was first announced as a CGI America Commitment to Action. Designed by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building, the “Resilient House” was modeled to be energy efficient, cost effective, and able to withstand future disasters.  Chelsea will join future home-owners, the Lyons family, to break ground on their new home and offer remarks.
Since the first “Day of Action” in New York for Hurricane sandy Relief last November, Chelsea has continued to lead the Day of Action program with additional service days in the New York tri-state area, St. Louis and Chicago.
Learn more or sign up to volunteer here: Follow the Day of Action on social media at, Twitter @ClintonFdn,, and join the conversation with the hashtag #DayofAction.

Here is the email with the particulars.
Clinton Foundation
Last November, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we mobilized 1,000 volunteers to help clean up homes and businesses that had been impacted and to distribute supplies in the Far Rockaways. While much progress has been made since then, there’s still work to be done to help communities recover. On October 26, Chelsea Clinton will lead our second Day of Action for New York City to continue our commitment in helping families, businesses, and communities recover in Queens and Staten Island.
Will you sign up to volunteer with us in New York City on Saturday, October 26 from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.?
We will be joining St. Bernard’s Project, NYC Service, and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation at several sites in Queens and Staten Island.
Transportation will be provided to the project sites from New York University at Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South between LaGuardia Place and University Place.) Please arrive by 8 a.m. The buses will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m.
We plan on departing project sites at approximately 2:30 p.m. and returning to New York University by 4:00 p.m.
A light breakfast, lunch, and water will be provided. We suggest that you bring snacks and extra water.
What to Wear
  • Warm clothes that can get dirty.
  • Comfortable, waterproof, and warm footwear.
  • All volunteers will be given a t-shirt to wear during the event.
What to Bring
  • You may want to bring rain gear and/or a small backpack to carry with you throughout the day.
  • Gloves, face masks, and clear eye protection for volunteers working on debris removal and park clean-up will be provided. You may bring your own masks, gloves, and eye protection if you wish.
  • We recommend leaving valuables and items that can be damaged at home.
As we’ve seen through our work at the Clinton Foundation, we can make a greater impact when we work together – more than any individual or group can do on its own. By volunteering with us, you can help improve the lives of New Yorkers and remind those hurt by Hurricane Sandy that their needs are not forgotten.
Please join us in helping New York City communities rebuild.
We hope to see you on Saturday!
The Clinton Foundation

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hillary Clinton Hosts NYC Fundraiser for de Blasio's Mayoral Bid

Unconfirmed reports assert that the fundraiser Hillary hosted for Bill de Blasio at the Roosevelt Hotel netted more than the targeted one million dollars.   Having avoided the turmoils of the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral race, both Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed de Blasio on September 18 once the primary was history.   De Blasio was Hillary's Senate campaign manager in 2000.

Here are some pictures from a variety of sources.

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