Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing

The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Kohl’s Cares launch “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing,” a campaign of the Clinton Foundation's "Too Small to Fail"

The Parenting Center, in support by Kohl’s Cares, bring "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing," to New Orleans. Talking is Teaching is part of the Clinton Foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” initiative and it aims to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about early learning and brain development and boosting vocabulary in children.

New Orleans is the 14th city in the nation to implement a local Talking is Teaching campaign, and the program is being funded through a grant of $150,000 from Kohl’s.

The initiative’s launch will be held as part of the inaugural program of Children’s Hospital’s “Let’s Talk About Kids,” a series of community conversations designed to address issues currently impacting children and adolescents.

About Talking is Teaching
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. The campaign will partner with trusted messengers, Children’s Hospital pediatricians, physicians and medical staff at Touro Family Birthing Center, West Jefferson Medical Center Family Birth Place, Children’s Pediatrics Clinics and the New Orleans Health Department to share information with parents and caregivers about the critical role they play in their children’s early brain and language development. These community partners will distribute Talking is Teaching materials — including books, tip sheets and clothing with prompts that encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children right from the start.

About Children’s Hospital New Orleans
Children’s Hospital is a 224-bed, not-for-profit regional medical center offering the most advanced pediatric care to children from birth to 21 years. With more than 400 physicians trained in more than 40 subspecialties, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South.

The Parenting Center
Established in 1979, The Parenting Center helps parents and grandparents with the ordinary challenges of raising children. Our staff of parent educators comes from a variety of backgrounds to help families grow from birth through adolescence. The Parenting Center provides classes, book and video has provided free classes to expecting parents and parents of babies thanks to Kohl’s Cares.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. Kohl’s has partnered with children’s hospitals across the nation for more than 15 years to create hundreds of health and well-being programs. Over the past year, as the Kohl’s Cares Hospital Program has evolved, they’ve reduced the number of partners to create more impactful programs within our communities. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and proprietary brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at and on Kohl's mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl's has given more than $650 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.

About Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is promotes early brain and language development by supporting parents and 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 and reading 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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