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Minneapolis Public Schools joins City of Minneapolis in support of “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” national campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 28, 2016
 
 
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Minneapolis Public Schools joins City of Minneapolis in support of “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” national campaign
 
MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Board of Education Vice Chair Kim Ellison announced yesterday Minneapolis Public Schools’ support of the community-wide “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing,” campaign, which helps prepare our littlest learners for kindergarten. Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, has partnered with the City of Minneapolis on the campaign to encourage families and caregivers to talk, read and sing with their children beginning at birth to help them build vocabulary and language skills. 
 
“All too often we see children start kindergarten who are already behind their peers,” said Ellison. “This is our chance to come together and build the strong foundation our children need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.” 
 
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges applauded the partnership as a way to improve outcomes for Minneapolis students. “I am excited to work with Minneapolis Public Schools, Too Small to Fail, and our other partners to give families the tools they need to prepare their children for lifelong learning,” said Mayor Hodges. 
 
Minneapolis Public Schools has committed to providing families with Talking is Teaching materials, encouraging and teaching families to talk, read and sing to their children, hosting family engagement sessions and sharing information. 
 
In June, the City of Minneapolis launched the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign with promotion from Too Small to Fail. The effort includes a multi-media campaign and engages more than 10 community partners, nonprofits and local businesses. 
 
Learn more at www.toosmall.org. Find resources for families, caregivers and communities at www.talkingisteaching.org.
 
 
About Minneapolis Public Schools
In the heart of Minneapolis lies a diverse, urban school district committed to promoting learning and accelerating student outcomes for more than 35,000 students in more than 70 schools. Every day, nearly 7,300 devoted staff members help students prepare to graduate college and career ready.
 
About the City of Minneapolis 
Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, committed to ensuring all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.
 
About Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents 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, math, and social-emotional 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.
 
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