May 5, 2009  •  Gertie & Mary  •  Articles - Save the Children

Jennifer Garner, who along with husband Ben Affleck is one of this weekend’s premier guests at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, arrived to town a few days early so she could stump for her favorite cause: early childhood development.

Garner appeared with her parents, Bill and Pat Garner, and Save the Children Managing Director Mark Shriver at Rosemount Headstart Center in Mount Pleasant Tuesday morning to release the organization’s “State of the World’s Mothers” report.

“The more time I spend with Save the Children, the more time I see America as a whole,” said Garner. Discussing the importance of reading, she said, “Imagine raising your kids without the help of ‘Goodnight Moon’ or ‘Is your Mama a Llama’ or ‘Hands Aren’t for Hitting.'”

She then put her money where her mouth is, reading “Is Your Mama a Llama” to the preschoolers assembled.

Then she headed up to Capitol Hill for a lunch with members and some one-on-one meetings.

Garner also enjoyed the pleasure of introducing her mom for the first time, so she could discuss her experience of being a teacher in West Virginia.

Bill Garner told Yeas & Nays he didn’t think they’d be sticking around for the Correspondents Dinner, but he didn’t seem to mind: He said they had just sailed their boat up to the D.C. area from Marathon Key, Fla.

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