Save the Children Wants YOU to Help #FindtheWords for Kids

On International Literacy Day, Save the Children will join forces with artist ambassador Jennifer Garner and other celebrities in support of early learning for all

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 3, 2014) — On International Literacy Day on Sept. 8, Save the Children will team up with actor and artist ambassador Jennifer Garner and other stars to bring attention to the poverty-induced early learning gap. The organization will host a day-long virtual word-a-thon as part of its #FindtheWords campaign, designed to give voice to children in poverty who hear 30 million fewer words by age three than children from well-off families.

"Every child has something to say, but 250 million children living in poverty in the United States and around the world don't have the words they need," said Jennifer Garner, an avid supporter of early childhood education, in a recently released public service announcement. "In this back-to-school season, please join me in supporting Save the Children to help kids in need #FindtheWords."

Leading up to the big day, 30 of the top influencers in the blogosphere have been riling up their audiences and garnering support through Save the Children's 30 Days/30 Words blogger challenge. To raise awareness, each blogger has written a post highlighting a specific, meaningful word. The 30 posts in 30 days symbolize the 30 million words too many kids miss out on.

"Each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of all those children who continue to fall behind before they even start school," said Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles. "We call on all Americans to join us on Sept. 8 in helping shed light on this early learning crisis—we all have a favorite word, so post yours and tag it #FindtheWords."

Save the Children provides kids from poverty-stricken communities in the United States and around the world with access to books, essential learning support and a literacy-rich environment, setting them up for success in school and a brighter future. The organization's domestic and global education programs receive support from a variety of corporate funders, including Bulgari, Carter's, IKEA, Mattel, OshKosh B'gosh, Primrose Schools, PVH, Scholastic and T.J.Maxx.

To learn more about Save the Children's #FindtheWords campaign and how to get involved, visit

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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