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 HarkinDistance education: Tumultuous today and yesterday Grassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream 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 DuncanTop Education official resigned over dispute with DeVos: report Charter school industry scores huge victory in Los Angeles Los Angeles School Board race takes center stage in battle for public education 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.