Updated 2:18 p.m. ET, Friday, 6/14
(CNN) – Months after leaving her role as America's top foreign diplomat, Hillary Clinton is diving back into a domestic public advocacy role at the foundation started by her husband and recently re-named to include the entire Clinton family.
The Too Small to Fail initiative will promote research into early childhood development and promote scientific findings to parents and caregivers, with a goal of improving the formative years of American children. Hillary Clinton announced the project during an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting in Chicago later Friday.
"This is one of our new priorities here at the foundation," she said.
The new project comes as Hillary Clinton begins a new phase of public life - outside of government for the first time in two decades, yet still commanding the attention of Americans wondering whether she'll make another White House bid in 2016. A Twitter profile unveiled earlier this week that listed her future as "TBD" only fueled speculation she's not finished with presidential politics.
The recently-renamed Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation will be the former secretary of state's base, acting as a vehicle for three areas of advocacy she spelled out in a closely watched speech on Thursday. She said in those remarks she would focus on three areas at the foundation: early childhood development, advancing the position of women and girls, and improving economic condition both in the United States and in developing countries.
The childhood development initiative marks a return to domestic advocacy for Clinton after years of foreign policy focus at the State Department.
"Our country's future depends on healthy kids and loving families," she said separately in a video about the project. "They're the building blocks of a strong and prosperous society."
The initiative will focus specifically on supporting research into brain development and childhood nutrition, and later encouraging parents to take steps toward implementing findings from the research projects. Like other Clinton Initiative projects, part of the group's mission will be securing private sector partnership to help improve conditions for American families.
It's a step away from foreign policy for Clinton, though in her speech at the Clinton Initiative meeting in Chicago Thursday the former first lady previewed a global reach for her advocacy projects. A forthcoming memoir from the former top diplomat will also focus explicitly on the foreign policy achievements she helped foster during President Barack Obama's first term.
On Thursday, she said she'd continue using what she calls "smart power" to help lift developing nations, with specific attention paid to women and girls. The most well-received portion of her speech, however, drove further guesswork about Clinton's own political aspirations.
"When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society," Clinton said to applause and cheers.