Jennifer Garner hangs out with Harkin, Miller and Hanna
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SPOTTED: Jennifer Garner sharing an imaginary spot of tea with a group of youngsters as Sen. Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? 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 DuncanLoosely regulated, charter schools pose fiscal risk Proposed Department of Education rule runs counter to ESSA's restrictions In search of the surest Common Core exit route 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.