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Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2018) – Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Angus King, I-Maine, and Congressmen Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, and Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, received the Champions for Children award Tuesday during the annual Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Advocacy Summit, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

“We are so grateful to these members of Congress for their dedication to mothers and children everywhere,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. “Without their leadership, fewer children would have access to high-quality early childhood education programs in the United States and life-saving health services around the world.”

“It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, we can all agree that every child deserves a strong start in life, no matter where they were born,” said Kris Perry, President of SCAN. “These champions are making that possible and we look forward to continuing to work with each of them to make even more progress for the world’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.”

Advocates from across the country traveled to Washington this week to attend in-depth advocacy trainings and urge lawmakers from both parties to make key investments in early childhood education in the U.S. and maternal, newborn and child survival programs overseas.

During the 2018 Advocacy Summit, more than 200 advocates – including 75 high school and college students – from 34 states are expected to meet with more than 150 lawmakers and their staffs on Capitol Hill.


Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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. 

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