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Kara Dukakis

Director, Too Small to Fail


Kara Dukakis

Kara Dukakis is the director of Too Small to Fail for Next Generation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century.  Kara’s background includes a focus on early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education policy, and child welfare and mental health policy and practice. Prior to joining Next Generation, Kara was the Associate Director and a Senior Community Engagement Associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, where she oversaw the Center’s community engagement work. Most recently, she led a three-year college readiness indicator initiative and a review of best practices for college access and completion among young men of color.  Earlier in her career, Kara was Chair of the San Francisco First 5 Commission and worked at Children Now. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Brown University and a Master's in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

Posts by Kara Dukakis

Children & Families

A Few Lessons Learned From Our Talking is Teaching Campaign

As we’ve worked with our partners to fine tune our community campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Oakland, we’ve learned valuable lessons about how to best reach parents and cargegivers to encourage them to talk, read, sing and bond as much as possible with their children starting at birth.

Children & Families

Why Too Small to Fail is hitting the ground in Oakland, CA

On July 23, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined business, hospital, and community leaders in Oakland to announce the launch of “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing,” a multi-media community campaign that will help local parents, grandparents, and caregivers improve their babies’ ability to build vocabulary and set them up for brighter futures.