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Actor Taye Diggs Talks About Early Childhood Education


Taye Diggs, who is known for his work in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and other television shows has one mission in mind. And that is to talk to his congressman about something important to him.

The 45 year old actor has a seven year old son and has written to children's books titled "Mixed Me" and "Chocolate Me." And he is also the ambassador for the National Head Start Association. He may be nervous but he is adamant to get his point across.

He champions better access and funding for quality early childhood education, according to the Washington Post. Clearly, being a father himself, this is something close to his heart.

Taye Diggs sits with dozens of other preschool teachers at the Cannon Caucus Room at 9:00 AM the other day. They all have one thing on their mind, how to get "access" to convince legislators to invest in early learning.

Early childhood learning is essential and it is something, not only preschool teachers insist on, but parents see as a must. They hope that the system can also see this. In the conversation, Ivette Galarza, the board chairwoman of the NHSA, leads the group. She then called Diggs to the podium to talk about the lack of affordable quality early education. He calls it a "national shame."

Afterwards, he would sit down with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), his congressman, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

He encourages both the crowd and the representatives to invest in early education. He even cited himself as an example. Saying that if he had not "received the opportunity to learn and to be educated without the barriers low-income families face, I would have never developed into the actor, the man, the parent I am today."

Watch the interview of Taye below about his book "Mixed Me."

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