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 HarkinTom HarkinDo candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? The Hill's 12:30 Report Mark Mellman: Parsing the primary processes MORE (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 DuncanArne DuncanIn search of the surest Common Core exit route The opt-out movement and the coddling epidemic Senate approves Obama education chief MORE, 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.