Pelosi calls for investments in child care, early education

Pelosi calls for investments in child care, early education
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday voiced support for increased federal funding of early child care and education while touring schools in Massachusetts.

Joined on the trip by several congresswomen from the state, Pelosi told reporters that her primary motivation for serving in government has been improving life for younger generations, according to The Associated Press.

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“My ‘why’ has always been the 1 in 5 children in the United States who live in poverty,” she said, according to the news service. “Everything that we do has to be about the children and their future.”

The Speaker made the remarks after touring the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University and reportedly emphasized that education funding is a long-term economic booster.

Pelosi said she stressed the need to fund programs aimed at helping children with disabilities when she met this week with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (N.Y.) to discuss infrastructure, the AP reported.

Pelosi was joined on the trip by Democratic congresswomen including Reps. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkToni Morrison dies at 88 Former Virginia deputy AG: Trump's Twitter attacks a 'distraction' from 'substantive' critiques House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment MORE and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE, two founding members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, a congressional working group focused on efforts to reduce the racial disparity in death rates from pregnancy-related complications.

In 2017, as part of the then-minority Democrats' "Better Deal" agenda, Pelosi co-sponsored a bill that would have ensured that low-income families pay no more than 7 percent of their income on child care expenses.

The bill would have also supported universal preschool access for 3- and 4-year-olds, and improved training and pay for child care workers.