By TONIA HILL
Students from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory School, 1362 E. 59th St., Illinois Mathematics, and Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Rd., as well as community members from Palatine, Ill., traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the annual Invest in Kids Advocacy Summit.
The two-day summit hosted by Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) featured advocates from across the country who urged lawmakers on both sides to make investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal, newborn and child survival programs overseas.
Advocates asked lawmakers to oppose budget cuts to foreign aid and domestic early childhood education programs such as Head Start. Cuts to the program will impact the health, education, and safety of women and children abroad.
This year’s summit included more than 200 participants, including 70 high school and college students from more than 50 states, who met with more 130 congressional members on Capitol Hill.
Participants from Illinois met with Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13). As well as staff from the offices of Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8).
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children Board Chair, gave a keynote address at the Summit. James E. Clyburn, (D-S.C), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-N.H), Rep. Ed Royce, (R-Calif), Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-Va), Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart, Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles and SCAN President Mark Shriver were also guest speakers.