On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Senate introduced S1697: Strong Start for America’s Children Act. This bill aims to expand early learning programs, but if passed as is, libraries would not be eligible to receive funds.
Public libraries are important stakeholders in providing early literacy education and play a key role in helping children become ready to read and be ready for school. They have a long history of fighting illiteracy and preparing children for school. Libraries have a greater impact on early literacy by teaching parents and caregivers, so they can be their child’s first and best teacher. Including libraries as eligible entities in all early education initiatives will ensure results and a return on our country’s investment.
Tweet the U.S. Senators involved in this legislation and tell them to include libraries in the Strong Start for America's Children Act (#S1697)!
Use the sample text below to tweet each of the following U.S. Senators. It doesn't matter if these senators aren't from your home state—every tweet makes a difference for young children and libraries!
- @SenatorHarkin (Tom Harkin, IA)
- @SenatorBarb (Barbara Mikulski, MD)
- @PattyMurray (Patty Murray, WA)
- @SenSanders (Bernie Sanders, VT)
- @SenAlexander (Lamar Alexander, TN)
- @SenatorEnzi (Mike Enzi, WY)
- @SenBobCasey (Bob Casey, PA)
- @SenWarren (Elizabeth Warren, MA)
- @SenatorBurr (Richard Burr, NC)
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