VIDEO: Celebrities & Advocates Gather to Support Early Learning at #Rally4Babies

Rally 4 Babies
Zero to Three
July 8, 2013

Take two minutes to make your voice heard! 

On July 8, 2013, national leaders, celebrities, and citizens came together for the first-ever Rally4Babies in support of early learning for babies and toddlers.

During the event, award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group Soledad O’Brien asked questions to prominentspeakers such asU.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Chair of the Board at America’s Promise Alliance Alma Powell about why early learning for infants and toddlers is critical. Jennifer Garner,  Actress and Save the Children Artist Ambassador, shared stories about why she is passionate about teaching moms how to support their babies’ early learning.

Watch the full event here:

 

Continue the Momentum: Take Action

To help keep the momentum going and ensure that the President and Congress follow through with investments to early health and education, use the easy one-click petition to let the Administration and Congress know that an essential part of preparing children for success in school is high-quality early learning opportunities and supports for babies and toddlers.

Birth to three years old is the peak age for brain development and learning.In fact, with 700 new neural connections forming every second, the first three years of life are the most crucial time for developing critical brain functions such as hearing, language and cognition.

Without the chance to participate in high-quality early childhood development and learning programs, gaps can appear early, sometimes even before a child's first birthday. That means that by the time some children reach preschool, they are already playing catch-up.

The good news is that we have a number of high-quality programs and services in place to provide those positive early opportunities for children birth to five, including child care, Early Head Start, early intervention, and home visiting. We need our elected leaders to take the lead and adequately fund them by expanding investments in early learning that starts at birth.

Parents and experts in the early childhood field across the country are urging President Obama and Congress to expand early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers, as well as young children in preschool. Now is the time to urge our elected leaders to ensure every baby, toddler, and young child is on the path to school readiness. 

Resources

  • Check out these action resources including sample letters to the editors and op-eds, infographics and more to continue advocating for early education.
     
  • To learn more about early learning and nutrition, visit SparkAction's Early Childhood topic page.
     
  • Watch and share this video about how literacy and healthy relationships are are a child's window to the world and learning:

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