CINDY MCCAIN AND UNIVISION ENGAGE PHOENIX COMMUNITY LEADERS AND PARENTS TO CLOSE THE WORD GAP, PREPARE CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS

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On Thursday, April 24, businesswoman, philanthropist and member of the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail, Cindy McCain, and Univision Communications Inc. Executive Vice President of Chief Human Resources & Community Empowerment Officer, Roberto Llamas, will participate in a round-table conversation with parents aimed at creating awareness about early childhood development and the importance of parents’ roles as their children’s first teachers. This discussion will be conducted as part of the Univision Contigo “Pequeños y Valiosos” early childhood educational initiative, in conjunction with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, continues to deliver expert research, commentary and information across Univision platforms to encourage Hispanic parents and families to help young children build their vocabulary and language skills in the early years. The community outreach event is part of the Company’s Univision Contigo (Univision With You) empowerment efforts. Held at the Chicanos Por La Causa Community Center in Phoenix, the event will give Mrs. McCain and Mr. Llamas the opportunity to engage parents in meaningful conversation about this important subject.

WHAT:            Press will be invited to listen to part of a roundtable discussion with parents.

WHO:              Cindy McCain and Roberto Llamas, EVP, Chief Human Resources & Community  Empowerment Officer, Univision Communications

WHEN:            Thursday, April 24, 2014

Media Check-in: 9:00am – 9:30 am Pacific

Event: 10:00am-11:00am Pacific

WHERE:           CPLC Carl Hayden Community Center, 3216 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Space is limited. Only credentialed media will be granted access to the event. To request credentials, contact Shavely Peralta before 2pm Pacific on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Please note due to space limitations RSVP does not guarantee access.

Shavely Peralta
speralta@univision.net
(305) 471-4086

Following the roundtable, the following officials from Next Generation and Univision will be available for interviews:

  • Roberto Llamas, executive vice president, Chief Human Resources & Community Empowerment officer, Univision Communications
  • Anastasia Ordóñez, communications director of Children & Families program, Next Generation

About Too Small to Fail

Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, aims to help parents, communities 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. 

In 2014, Too Small to Fail will focus its work on closing the “word gap.” Studies have found that by age four, children in upper class families hear approximately 30 million more words than children in low- income families. This disparity in hearing words from parents and caregivers translates directly into a disparity in learning words. And that puts our children born with the fewest advantages even further behind. Among those born in 2001, only 48 percent of poor children started school ready to learn, compared to 75 percent of children from middle-income families.

The “word gap” is a significant but solvable challenge. Too Small to Fail is about parents, caregivers, other concerned individuals, and the private sector coming together to take small, research-based actions with big impacts. Learn more at www.toosmall.org, and on Twitter @2SmalltoFail. 

 About The Clinton Foundation

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.  Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 African farmers have improved their crops to feed 30,000 people; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; more than 6.8 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $100 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 25 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world. Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.

About Next Generation

Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future. Learn more at www.thenextgeneration.org, and on Twitter @nextgen_USA.

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional  suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico, as well as Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service; UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.

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