Working with Univision to break the language barrier
There is an old saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Lately we’ve been doing both. It is, of course, a credit to our talented and efficient team, but also to our extraordinary partners.
This week the spotlight is on the folks working with us to achieve big impacts for Hispanic children and families. Univision, a long-time friend and media partner of Too Small To Fail, is holding its fourth annual Education Week. The multimedia campaign has focused largely on dual language learners and ways to close the word gap for kids, no matter which language they speak. Too Small also announced a new partnership last week with top Hispanic YouTube content producers MiTú, Inc. This collaboration will further encourage parents and caregivers to take simple actions during their children’s first five years of life – like talking, reading and singing – to foster language and early brain development. On top of it all, new Census data released this week brought good news for the fight against child poverty in Hispanic communities. For the details on that, a review of great organizations working in that space, and an interactive tool showing the distribution of Hispanic kids in the U.S., check out this blog post by Next Generation Research Associate Rey Fuentes.
Obviously, It’s been a great week for our team and our partners. And we don’t expect to slow down anytime soon. In fact, next Tuesday, the Too Small team and hundreds of volunteers will be doing some serious work at the Dreamforce 2014 conference here in San Francisco preparing thousands of books, clothing, and other resources designed to encourage parents and caregivers to talk, read and sing to their children. Follow the fun on Twitter at #LetsTalkDF.