Pres Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting about the importance of early learning. Think Small is thrilled to share new, cutting edge approaches to reducing opportunity and achievement gaps at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting in Atlanta this month.

It’s an enormous opportunity to attend this meeting with past presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, U.S. Senators, mayors, and many other key influencers. CGI America convenes organizations and leaders to collaborate together through small group discussions organized by topic. Each participant must make a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. To date, CGI America participants have made more than 500 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people.

Think Small’s Commitment to Action will improve the early care and learning environments for children facing the steepest obstacles to being ready for success in school. Think Small’s project will help over 100 local child care providers improve the quality of their care, targeting child care providers of color, dual language speakers, and those serving low-income and new immigrant communities. The project will also engage over 1,000 parents and families to enhance early childhood development and early language skills among underserved communities using literacy interventions.

Opportunity gaps begin forming between children from low-income families and their more well of peers as young as 18 months old. Our goal is to prevent or reduce those gaps by engaging parents and improving early care and education opportunities for our most vulnerable children. Attending this meeting is an enormous opportunity to expand this work and bring meaningful change to help children who need help the most.