Jennifer Garner hangs out with Harkin, Miller and Hanna

Greg Nash

SPOTTED: Jennifer Garner sharing an imaginary spot of tea with a group of youngsters as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) played nearby with other kiddos, ahead of a briefing on early education.

At the event also attended by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, lawmakers introduced a bipartisan proposal to expand early childhood education from birth to age 5.

The “Alias” and “Juno” actress, a mom of three, seemed starstruck herself by Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who was also on-hand at the briefing.  

Garner quipped to the crowd, “Speaking about this in front of Marian Wright Edelman is like doing a Shakespeare monologue in front of Meryl Streep, but I’ll try myself, ma’am.” 

--Haley Bissegger contributed.