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Jennifer Garner Tells Congress Ante-Up for Early Child Ed (photos)

Jennifer Garner appeared on Capitol Hill today (Nov. 13) to lobby for more funding for early childhood programs.

Jennifer Garner appeared on Capitol Hill today (Nov. 13) to lobby for more funding for early childhood programs.

Jennifer Garner showed Washington pols what star power is all about when she visited Congress today (Nov. 13) to push for expanded and improved early education programs. Garner has three children under the age of 10 with actor Ben Affleck.

Garner, 41, appeared before Congress to lobby on behalf of the “The Strong Start for America’s Children Act.”

“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,” Garner told the audience of lawmakers and childrens’ advocates.

President Obama has proposed a similar measure to expand programs for pre-school children up to age 5. The bill would earmark funds for state-run pre-kindergarten programs and programs that improve the quality of infant- and toddler-care.

Jennifer Garner Hits the Hill for Child Ed
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“My kids have everything they need, so what I give my heart to — besides parenting my own kids — is early childhood education for kids all across America, especially for those growing up with less,” she said.

Garner actually got a taste of political life in the 2011 ensemble comedy film “Butter,” directed by Jim Field Smith, based on a screenplay by Jason Micallef.

She played Laura Pickler, who hoped to parlay her skill as a state fair champion in butter carving into a political career. She co-starred with Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone and Hugh Jackman.

The film satirized the 2008 presidential election.

On Capitol Hill, Garner joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the bill cosponsors, Tom Harkin (D-IA), George Miller (D-CA), Richard Hanna (R-NY), to unveil the legislation

Garner has been active in a number of political causes.

She’s been supporting a bill before the California legislature to protect celebrity children from paparazzi. She also works with non-profit “Save the Children,” which provides aid to children around the globe.

As a Save the Children “artist ambassador,” Garner for the past four years has traveled the country visiting the organization’s early education programs in poor rural communities.

Her children are Violet Anne Affleck, eight, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, four, and Samuel Garner Affleck, who is 18 months old.

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