WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Grand Junction mom pushes Washington to pump cash into early education gaps at home, and across the country.
Lacy Hildebrand said daycare providers in Mesa county only have spots for one out of every four children that need a space. The Program Assistant with Mesa Country Partnership for Children and Families spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with the staffs of Colorado's U.S. lawmakers. She's asking them to support a bill aimed at increasing early education options - especially in rural areas.
"Kids that do not have proper early education, they struggle throughout their entire learning careers. They have a harder time in life. They have a harder time socially and emotionally. So, advocating for this early education gives our future a much brighter start," she said.
Hildebrand's trip is part of Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network's annual Advocacy Summit. Volunteers and organizers are also calling on Congress to provide international humanitarian support for children living in poverty.