Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Chelsea Clinton, the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, and Kohl’s Cares Launch Local “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” Campaign 

New effort will engage pediatricians, physicians, and medical staff to help raise awareness among parents and caregivers about importance of early learning and brain development to boost children’s vocabulary

Children’s Hospital New Orleans, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, Too Small to Fail, and Kohl’s Cares announced today the launch of a new, local campaign to boost the early brain development and language skills of children from birth through age five. Working together with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, New Orleans will become the 14th community in the country to implement a local “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign.

“The youth of New Orleans matter. On behalf of the children of this city, I am grateful for the leadership of the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail Initiative and Kohl’s Cares for launching ‘Talking is Teaching’ in New Orleans – which is the 14th community in the country to adopt this program,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This campaign equips parents and caregivers with resources needed to help boost early brain development and language skills. We remain committed to the success of our youth and we look forward to the impact of this program in the lives of children across New Orleans.”

“All parents want what’s best for their children, and that’s why I’m thrilled to be here with Too Small to Fail, Children’s Hospital, and local partners as New Orleans becomes our 14th ‘Talking Is Teaching’ community,” said Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton. “As we expand this work across the country, we know we need as many people and partners engaged so that every child can get every opportunity they deserve to learn and thrive.”

“We are excited to partner with Kohl’s again to bring ‘Talking is Teaching’ to the New Orleans community,” said Barbara LeBlanc, director of The Parenting Center. “Look for the colorful posters at bus shelters, inside buses and streetcars, and in waiting rooms when you visit your pediatrician or Children’s Hospital. In addition, thanks to Kohl’s and the New Orleans Health Department, every baby born at Touro and West Jefferson Family Birth Place, our LCMC Health partners, will receive a packet with a children’s board book, a onesie with bright graphics, and a booklet reminding parents of their important contribution to their baby’s development by talking, reading, and singing from birth.” 

Scientific evidence shows that the first five years present a critical window of opportunity for a child’s brain development. During these years, parents and caregivers can build a strong foundation for learning that their children will need to lead healthy and productive lives. “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” aims to motivate parents and caregivers to engage in meaningful interactions with their young children through talking, reading, and singing together from birth.

In Louisiana, almost half of all children (46 percent) enter kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, reading, and social-emotional skills. Less than 15 percent of at-risk children under age four have access to any publicly-funded early childhood program.

Research shows that simple, everyday interactions with young children – like describing objects seen during a walk or bus ride, singing songs, or telling stories – can build their vocabularies, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for their social-emotional development, health, and lifelong learning.

For more information about the national campaign, including parent-friendly resources, tips, and activities, visit
www.talkingisteaching.org, or follow Too Small to Fail on Facebook.  

The Talking is Teaching campaign will include several components:

  • Collaboration with local pediatricians and medical staff to counsel parents and distribute resources: “Talking is Teaching” will partner with trusted messengers, such as Children’s Hospital pediatricians, physicians, and medical staff at Touro Family Birthing Center, West Jefferson Family Birth Place, Children’s Pediatrics Clinics, and the New Orleans Health Department to share information and tools with parents and caregivers about the critical role they play in their children’s early brain and language development. These community partners will distribute evidence-based materials – including children’s books, tip sheets, and clothing with prompts that encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children, and engage in quality interactions from birth.
  • A community multimedia campaign: to reinforce language-rich interactions between parents and children through other opportunities.
  • Signage to transform public hospital spaces such as waiting rooms into more educational, language-rich environments for kids and families:Medical waiting rooms and hospitals will display posters to highlight conversational prompts and activities parents and children can share.

The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital has been the beneficiary of Kohl’s funding for the last four years. The “Talking Is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” NOLA program will be funded through a grant of $150,000 over two years from Kohl’s. This commitment to Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s philanthropic merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares, which sells children’s books and soft toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Since 2011, Children’s Hospital has received more than $260,000 in grant funding from Kohl’s. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.


The National Endowment for the Arts award to support the Harlem-based media arts organization’s ‘AfroPoP’ TV series

The Harlem-based media arts organization Black Public Media (BPM) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $40,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The allocation, one of more than $80 million in approved grants by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018, will help fund BPM’s signature public television series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Black Public Media in New York, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

“NEA's support for the AfroPoP series reinforces our belief that authentic stories about the African Diaspora are important to keeping the American public informed and engaged about diversity of the African-American and global African experience,” said BPM Executive Director Leslie Fields-Cruz.

For 10 years AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange has been bringing stories about people of African descent around the world to television. Produced by Black Public Media and distributed by American Public Television (APT), AfroPoP is the nation’s only public television series of documentaries on contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora. Hosts of the series have included Idris Elba, Anika Noni Rose, Gabourey Sidibe, Wyatt Cenac, Anthony Mackie, Yaya DaCosta, Jussie Smollett, Nikki Beharie and Nicholas L. Ashe.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news. For more information on Black Public Media, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org, or follow it on Twitter @BLKPublicMedia or on Facebook.


Black Public Media (BPM), formerly the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), is committed to enriching our democracy by educating, enlightening, empowering and engaging the American public. The nonprofit supports diverse voices by developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the Black experience and by investing in visionary content makers. BPM provides quality content for public media outlets, including, among others, PBS and PBS.org and BlackPublicMedia.org, as well as other platforms, while training and mentoring the next generation of Black filmmakers. Founded in 1979, BPM produces the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages the 360 Incubator + Fund, a funding and training initiative designed to accelerate the production of important Black serial and interactive content.


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.



The Black History Card Game and activity books


African American parents who want to teach their children about their heritage can now easily do so thanks to a new Black History card game now available at BlackHistoryCardGame.com. The game, designed for children in grades K-8, is a simple, but very effective "Guess Who?" card game that features 28 Black history legends.

Here are the some of the features of the card game:

* Play "Guess Who?" and add interest to Black History Month lessons with these clever 2-sided Knowledge Cards

* Front of each card shows an image of a notable figure in black history along with the printed question "Who Am I?"

* Back of each card lists 3 points about the person and their contributions

* 28 cards include Alex Haley, Alice Walker, Arthur Ashe, Barack Obama, and 24 more

The web site also sells activity books that feature the top 101 achievements made by African Americans! Both products are high quality, affordable educational tools that teach African American children about their history... while allowing them to have fun at the same time.

Priced at just $9.95 for the card game and $7.95 for the activity book, the tools can be easily purchased even by low income families. A combo package of 5 game sets and 5 activity books can also be purchased for just $49.95.

For more details and/or to make a purchase, visit


African-African American Summit
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Annual Convention
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Annual Convention
Black Business Professionals & Entrepreneurs Conference
Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) Annual Convention
Black Enterprise Events
Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Conference
Blacks In Government Conference
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Annual Convention
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Convention
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Annual Convention
Miss Black USA Pageant
MOBE Marketing & Technology Symposiums
NAACP Annual Convention
National African-American Christian Singles' Conference
National Alliance of Market Developers
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Annual Convention
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention
National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Clubs Annual Convention
National Bar Association Annual Convention
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Annual Convention
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Annual Convention
National Black Police Association (NBPA) Annual Convention
National Conference on Black Philanthropy
National Dental Association Annual Convention
National Medical Association Conference
National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Convention
National Professionals Network
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention
National Urban League Annual Convention
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Annual Convention
Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Annual Convention
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Annual Convention
Spirit of Sisterhood: Women's Empowerment Expo
Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) Annual Convention
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Annual Convention

2018 BOOKS