Members of Congress Receive Champions for Children Award

Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden was the Advocacy Summit’s keynote speaker on Monday

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Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden gave keynote remarks at the Advocacy Summit on Monday, March 27th. Photo by Susan Warner, Save the Children.

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Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2017) – Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Representatives Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., received the Champions for Children award Tuesday during the annual Invest In Kids Advocacy Summit, hosted by Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN).

"We are honored to present these awards to these Congressional champions for kids," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "We’d like to thank them for their dedication to improving access to high-quality early childhood education in the United States and ending the preventable deaths of mothers and children around the world."

"I’m thrilled to honor these leaders in Congress alongside hundreds of advocates who traveled from across the country to meet with their elected officials and urge them to invest in kids," said Mark Shriver, President of SCAN. "Without their support, much of the progress we’ve made for children around the world would not be possible."

Advocates from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to attend in-depth advocacy trainings and urge lawmakers from both parties to make key investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal, newborn and child survival programs overseas. Specifically, attendees asked lawmakers to oppose deep budget cuts to foreign aid and domestic early childhood education programs such as Head Start that will have disastrous impacts on the health, education and safety of mothers and children at home and abroad.

During the 2017 Advocacy Summit, more than 200 advocates – including 70 high school and college students – from more than 30 states met with more than 130 lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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