Jennifer Garner Testifies On Capitol Hill In Support Of Early Childhood Education

Ford Springer | Reporter

Jennifer Garner is calling on Congress to bolster support of early childhood education programs, especially for impoverished areas.

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

The 44-year-old actress visited Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday to testify in support of education programs for preschool students in poverty, the Associated Press reports. (SLIDESHOW: 15 Times Jennifer Garner Looked Absolutely Amazing)

Garner grew up in West Virginia, where her own experiences as a young student exposed her to the problems that poverty causes for young children. The actress and mother of three told lawmakers she “couldn’t stand up for them back the, but I can stand up for their families now.”

The “Dallas Buyers Club” star said that investing in early childhood education programs would enable us to better “intervene in these children’s lives in time to make a difference.” (RELATED: Ben Affleck Spotted With Jennifer Garner After His Release From Rehab)

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Garner offered her testimony before a House subcommittee on behalf of child advocacy group Save the Children, the Associated Press reports. The actress serves as a member of the organization’s board of trustees.

Earlier this week, Garner’s estranged husband Ben Affleck revealed that he had just finished seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. The following day the two were spotted together in Santa Monica and have apparently called off their divorce, according to multiple reports.

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