Where will you find the secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, actress Jennifer Garner and the executive director of ZERO TO THREE? On a Google Hangout, chatting about children.
Chatting with a purpose
The event, Rally4Babies, was sponsored by ZERO TO THREE and brought dozens of organizations, like Child Care Aware® of America, individuals and community leaders together to mobilize the country to invest in learning at the earliest point of life – babies. Babies are society’s best chance to give children a head start in school, because it’s the time where learning happens most quickly.
Policy, money and leadership
The event included a line up of policy makers, celebrities, non profit leaders, but one point stuck with me. We need people, policies and leaders to do more. It’s going to take all of us to, well, rally.
Read more about how our organization is leading the effort on Capitol Hill to ensure policies support early learning.
Soundbites for Babies
Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite quotes from the day.
“The average child coming from a poor family from a disadvantaged community starts kindergarten in the fall at age 5, a year to a year and a half behind,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. “We have to get out of that ‘catch up’ business and the only way to do that is to do the right thing from birth through age 5.”
“Early childhood development is synonymous with economic development,” Matthew Melmed, executive director, ZERO TO THREE.
“We need a caring adult in a child’s life, at every point in a child’s life,” Alma Powell, America’s Promise.
“People don’t always know what ‘early education’ means. But, really, it’s activities like ‘patty cake’!” ~ Actress Jennifer Garner.
Three things you can do today:
- Watch the full Rally4Babies hangout
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- And then sign the petition to Rally4Babies