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Babble Exclusive: Jennifer Garner Shares Early Education Views on Capitol Hill

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Jennifer Garner is not only one of America’s Hollywood sweethearts but she’s also a devoted mother and a Save the Children Artist Ambassador. She’s passionate about giving children from all across the country the same opportunity to succeed in life with early education programs.

Drawing on her experience advocating for early education programs across the country, the Hollywood mother-of-three helped launch bipartisan legislation on Capitol Hill Wednesday that would dramatically expand early learning opportunities in America.

“As moms, we all want our children to do the very best they can, in school and in life.  But, early education opportunities are out of reach for so many families in this country. As a result, children enter school already behind and at risk of never catching up,” said Garner.

“All children deserve the chance to succeed, but right now millions don’t get one,” she said. “With this legislation, we have an historic opportunity to give the nearly 1 in 4 children living in poverty a chance at a brighter future.”

As a Save the Children artist ambassador since 2009, Garner has traveled the country visiting the organization’s early education programs in impoverished rural communities.  The award-winning actress and daughter of a retired West Virginia teacher came to Washington to help announce the introduction of the “Strong Start for America’s Children Act.” The bill would build upon President Obama’s early education proposal announced in his February State of the Union Address by helping states fund preschool for all 4-year-olds of low-income families and by expanding additional early learning opportunities from birth to age 5.

Jennifer joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the bill’s cosponsors, Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), to unveil the legislation alongside preschool children, parents, educators, and members of the law enforcement, military, and business communities. She is asking everyone to contact their members of Congress to support the new bill.

Check out the Babble exclusive video of Jennifer’s moving speech from the early ed event on Capitol Hill below:

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