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Dec 14, 2015 6:43 PM

Landrigan: Concord preschoolers become sales force in push for early childhood education


CONCORD - An early childhood pledge brings out a governor, congressman and senator but the pre-school kids at the Concord YMCA known as the apples and salamanders steal the show today.

"My buttons, my buttons still have my belly buttons, my buttons my buttons still have my belly buttons,’’ the children sing.

Okay, pre-schoolers singing about belly buttons. This NH1 News cuteness alert drives home the push for a petition in support of early childhood education.

The daughter of a college professor and classroom teacher, this governor knows the power of advocacy for early learning.

"Kids need to know they will have a grownup in their corner. and I am looking out at adults who have pledged to be that grownup in the corner for New Hampshire’s children,’’ says Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The pledge in part says, ``We believe children are the bedrock of the granite state. We know that the future prosperity of New Hampshire depends on our ability to steward the next generation who will live, work and lead in our state.’’

The state’s senior politician says a pledge is only the beginning.

"It’s not good enough to say this is something we support,’’ says Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH. ``We all support children; you know that’s like motherhood and apple pie but what matters is what are you willing to do with that support.’’

And their congresswoman puts into perspective that today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders.

"We’re excited to support you. We look forward to working with you and one day we look forward to working for you,’’ says Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH.

Shaheen says policymakers need to remember they can’t afford to get this wrong.

"Our kids are 20 percent of our population but they are 100 percent of our future and we had better weigh in in support of them,’’ Shaheen urges.

As you may have noticed the star of this show wasn’t the governor, the senator or the congressman.

It was the apples and the salamanders.

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