June 14th, 2013
08:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Hillary Clinton initiative will focus on kids

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.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I commend her effort. However, there are still 70,000 kids getting kicked off of Head Start due to the sequester. She needs to speak on that!!!

    June 14, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    @take back the house. My question to you is where do you get your facts from? do you lock yourself up in a room with 10 of your best far left liberals friends and watch MSMBC all day? is Rudy NYC in that room with you? i really believe you guys mean well. but you have to understand that if you dont move to the center just a little your party will be doomed.. people have to learn to do for themself,

    June 14, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Just a way for her to make money, from what is purported to be a charity.

    June 14, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    I think college loans interest rate should be half. Education first. Greed to stop in universities.

    June 14, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    Let me once again remind the American public that the sequester was/is the brain child of Obama and Jack Lew, promoted by Mr. Reid , to stick it to Republicans. Consider it Phase #1, followed by #2 IRS, to target groups of conservatives. Bill and Hilary are true Patriots, who REALLY care about ALL Americans, not just Democrats.

    June 14, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Mean spirited Republicans and Tea Partiers will find something to criticize even if Hillary is promoting non-profits that help families, women, and children.

    June 14, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "but you have to understand that if you dont move to the center just a little your party will be doomed."
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    The center? You're kidding right? We've got a centrist President who republicans make out to be a radical liberal. Majority of the legislation he proposes were old republican ideas. Answer this for me: Who came up with the idea of an individual mandate? There can be no center when the radical right's strategy is to propose the most radical of ideas and not budge on them.

    June 14, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Rick McDaniel

    Just a way for her to make money, from what is purported to be a charity.
    ----–

    wow! no Benghazi reference? You must be slipping but I expect one of your other conspiracy theorist buddies will cover for you

    June 14, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "but you have to understand that if you dont move to the center just a little your party will be doomed."
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    And as far as our party being "doomed," look in the mirror pal. We're not the party invading women's wombs. The young people in our party don't consider us out of touch. However, here's an exert from the College Republican National Committee's report on what is wrong with the GOP:

    Gay marriage: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.”

    Hispanics: “Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”

    Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

    Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

    Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: “The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

    June 14, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Can't do these good works as President, Hill. Too many Republicans in D.C. Something to think about.

    June 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    I speak the truth,I dont make up my own facts.

    June 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    J'Cincinnati'Redd
    I speak the truth,I dont make up my own facts.
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    The individual mandate, requiring every American to purchase health insurance, appeared in a 1989 published proposal by Stuart M. Butler of the conservative Heritage Foundation called "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans," which included a provision to "mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance."

    This is a FACT!!!

    June 14, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. just sayin

    how typical.... hiding behind kids to avoid answering for your benghazi fiasco. sorry, it isn't going to work. you must first account for the deaths of those 4 americans. tell the truth for once in your life. you'll sleep better at night instead of hearing their screams for help as you did nothing.

    June 14, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |