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Children & Families

The Children & Families Program at Next Generation promotes public, private, and personal actions to improve the prospects of America’s next generation. Our current work is focused in two areas:

  • Too Small to Fail

    Next Generation has joined forces with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to launch Too Small to Fail, a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five.

    Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

    We are working to promote new research on the science of children’s brain development, early learning and early health, and we will help parents, businesses and communities identify specific actions, consistent with the new research, that they can take to improve the lives of young children. As we do this work and secure commitments to action, we will use social media, other technology-driven tools and innovative approaches to inform and empower parents and business leaders to track their progress and measure their success.

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  • California Leading

    California – with all of its diversity, particularly among our children – offers richness and challenges that provide a unique learning ground for other states and communities across the country. Our work in California focuses on highlighting ways that policy can improve young children’s ability to reach their full potential.

    Understanding and Alleviating the Impacts of Childhood Poverty

    California will face serious economic challenges and struggle to maintain its prosperity as a state if it fails to address mushrooming childhood poverty. We highlight the best tools to understand and combat poverty, and alleviate its effects among children.

    Early Childhood Development

    A child’s earliest years are critical to her long-term success in life. We highlight the importance of these years, and the ways parents, caregivers, and policymakers can protect and strengthen children’s growth and development.

    Supporting Working Families 

    At the heart of improving outcomes for children is ensuring that their parents have good jobs and the ability to take time to care for them. Working with the California Work & Family Coalition, Next Generation provides research and analysis to support working parents and publicly address the issues that affect them.

Meet Ann O'Leary

Ann is an expert on America work-family policy and health law with years of White House experience.

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Ann O'Leary
Vice President & Director, Children & Families Program