Advisory Committee

Gracias to all of our Beyond the Backpack Advisory Committee members!

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Logo

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children.


ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD's innovative solutions promote the success of each child.

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Children’s museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them. Children’s museums create playful, interactive learning experiences, and in an increasingly complex world, provide a place where all kids can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives. A visit to a children’s museum is a perfect weekday activity, or a family vacation destination. 

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Founded in 1913, Boston Children’s Museum carries on a 100-year legacy with exhibits like Countdown to Kindergarten, where children and their parents are invited to experience a typical kindergarten setting and ask questions about how to get ready to start school.   BCM is delighted to contribute kindergarten readiness content to Beyond the Backpack.

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The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF provides a strong, effective, and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. The CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.

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Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We help families make smart media and tech choices by offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for tv-shows, movies, games, apps, and more. 

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Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. 

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NCLR’s efforts in early childhood education (ECE) focus on increasing access to high-quality early childhood education programs for Latino and dual language learner (DLL) children. We support evidence-based research and policy initiatives to transform ECE systems. NCLR provides its Affiliates with a national network of bilingual, early childhood education experts and advocates at the local, state, and national level. NCLR’s comprehensive curriculum and professional development models have demonstrated improved understanding of bilingual early learning processes, alignment between program curricula and policies with state standards, and increased skills for parents and teachers who receive NCLR training. 

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The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.  The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.

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National Parent Teacher Association® (PTA®) comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. 

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Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and doctors and nurses to develop critical early language and foundational reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually via 5,000 health centers, hospitals, and pediatric clinics. As a result of this literacy intervention, Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. 

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Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of Next Generation and The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The goal of Too Small to Fail is to help parents, caregivers 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.