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- Hello, my name is and I am from (name your city or full address if asked)
- As your constituent and a Save the Children supporter, I urge you to sign the Dear Colleague letter on a U.S.-Africa Partnership on Maternal and Child Health, co-led by Representatives McCollum and Reichert, and also co-sponsor the H.R. 3461, the Strong Start for America's Children Act.
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FACTS: Every Kid Deserves a Strong Start in Life!
Around the World:
- While in the last two decades, the number of children dying before age 5 has been cut in half, the progress is unequally distributed. The risk of a child dying before five is still highest in Africa is about 6 times higher than that in the Americas. But we have the tools and knowledge on how to change this.
- In 2013, the United States declared that ending preventable child deaths around the world is a U.S. government priority. Now we need to ensure that the leadership and resources required to achieve this goal are in place.
- By age 5, a child's brain is already 90 percent developed, yet 2 out of 5 American children are not enrolled in preschool. That means that the 6 million children under age 6 who are living in poverty in America face high risks of entering Kindergarten unprepared to succeed.
- The bipartisan (H.R. 3461/ S. 1697) Strong Start for America's Children Act would provide critically important funds to states to support community-based, high-quality early childhood education programs.