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Jennifer Garner urges Congress to fund early-childhood education: ‘A brain in poverty is up against it. I’m telling you.’

March 17, 2017
Valerie Strauss
The Washington Post

Jennifer Garner, the actress and a member of the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Save the Children, which promotes children’s rights, testified Thursday on Capitol Hill about the importance of early-childhood education for children who live in poverty.

Appearing at a hearing of the House Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee, Garner explained in moving testimony how living in poverty affects the ability of young children to learn.

She appeared before the committee on the same day that President Trump released his new budget proposal that cuts Education Department funding significantly and does not prioritize early-childhood education. While the president proposed adding $1 billion for Title I, a $15 billion grant program for schools with high concentrations of poor children, the money would be used to encourage districts to adopt a controversial form of  school choice. He also cut funds for older students from low-income and first-generation families.