Jennifer Garner stresses early education with US governors

  • Actress Jennifer Garner and National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chairman Washington Gov. Jay Inslee look at a document following Garner's address to the NGA's Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Garner spoke about the need for early educaiton.

    Actress Jennifer Garner and National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chairman Washington Gov. Jay Inslee look at a document following Garner's address to the NGA's Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Garner spoke about the need for early educaiton. Associated Press

  • Actress Jennifer Garner addresses the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

    Actress Jennifer Garner addresses the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Associated Press

  • Actress Jennifer Garner addresses the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

    Actress Jennifer Garner addresses the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Associated Press

  • Actress Jennifer Garner, center, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, and National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chairman Jay Inslee stand for the Posting of the Colors during the NGA's Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

    Actress Jennifer Garner, center, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, and National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chairman Jay Inslee stand for the Posting of the Colors during the NGA's Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Associated Press

  • Actress Jennifer Garner reacts to a momentary malfunction of her microphone while addressing the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

    Actress Jennifer Garner reacts to a momentary malfunction of her microphone while addressing the National Governors Association Winter Meeting about early education, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 2/25/2017 6:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Actress Jennifer Garner says growing up "surrounded by generational, rural poverty" in West Virginia inspired her to become an advocate for early-childhood education.

Garner spoke at a meeting of the National Governors Association on Saturday about programs that bring educators into the homes of low-income parents to help them get their kids ready for kindergarten. At one point, her microphone was cut off and she said, "It's like the Oscars!"

 

Garner says kids who don't come to school prepared face huge disadvantages later in life. She says she saw it growing up, when kids stopped showing up at school and "disappeared off the face of the earth."

She says intervention can make a difference with parents who lack the resources to help their kids' developing brains.

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