Early Education a Key Strategy to Close Opportunity Gap

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Save the Children Action Network to co-sponsor Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in Columbia, S.C. this weekend.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 4, 2016) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), the political voice for kids, is co-sponsoring the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in South Carolina this weekend, in which six Republican presidential candidates will focus on combating poverty and expanding opportunity.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, will be co-hosted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

“Investing in high-quality early childhood education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty and ensure equal opportunity for all American families,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “Kids who start kindergarten unprepared are far more likely to be arrested for a violent crime, drop out of school and become a teen parent. That’s why investments in early learning are so important and our supporters are excited to hear about how each of these candidates would promote expanded access to high-quality programs when they are president.”


What: Kemp Foundation Forum on Expanding Opportunity

Who: Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Marco Rubio

When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, S.C.

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Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive.