- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton and New York City first lady Chirlane McCray toured an early childhood development center in Brooklyn on Wednesday and launched the city’s “Talk to Your Baby” public awareness campaign.

The campaign emphasizes the developmental benefits for children if their parents constantly talk to them. Clinton, the former secretary of state and leading Democratic presidential contender, also touted the Clinton Foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” early childhood education program.

During a visit to a classroom at SCO/FirstStepNYC, Clinton and McCray joined in the reading of the children’s book “Brown Bear.”

“Oh, that’s one of my favorite stories!” Clinton exclaimed with a big smile.

McCray immediately plopped down on the carpet and wrapped one child in a hug. Clinton was handed a small chair - meant for a child - and sat down in the middle of the group.

As the book reached its conclusion, McCray pulled up a chair next to Clinton and they both clapped as the book wrapped up.

Clinton is expected to announce her presidential candidacy in the coming weeks.

McCray’s husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is a longtime ally of the Clinton family.

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