Hillary Clinton Helps Pitch Hollywood on Early Childhood, Public Service Storylines

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Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea headlined an event at the Paley Center for Media on Friday to encourage Hollywood content creators to incorporate into their shows storylines about national service and early childhood development.

Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Ted Danson and Mark Gordon were among those at the event, one of a trio of public appearances that Clinton has planned in Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday.

Rob Reiner moderated a panel that included the Clintons, ServiceNation executive director Zach Maurin and childhood advocate James Steyer. Steyer has partnered with Clinton in an initiative called Too Small to Fail.

Maurin said that a goal was to start a conversation with the creative community about writing stories that reflect the two issues, yet to do so in a way that “respects the creative process.” He said that ServiceNation was working to build a presence in Hollywood “so that we can be a resource to the creative community.” ServiceNation is promoting the concept of young people devoting a year of full-time national service, including via AmeriCorps, which was established under President Bill Clinton.

“This is the type of effort that could give the issue more visibility and more momentum,” he said. Clinton noted that a “reason she is out of politics right now is she wants to reengage” on the two issues.

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  1. It would be wonderful to see Hollywood promote the importance of promptly identifying and addressing developmental-behavioral challenges in all children 0 to 5 years of age. A public awareness campaign is needed so parents/caregivers expect their child’s primary care provider to administer a standardized developmental-behavioral screening tool at targeted well-child visit like 9, 18, 24-30 months plus 4 years for kindergarten readiness. This is what is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If interested in more, check out this fun PP presentation on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJsoxW7dOIk

  2. Wait, really? I’m stunned.

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