5 year old autistic child drowns in Pennsylvania on New Year’s Eve

According to a March 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 American children are born with a form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. With this rapid increase in diagnosis of ASD, we must ensure that these children are safe and that law enforcement, first responders, schools and the general public are educated about the disability and its effects.

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Support Early Education and Cosponsor the Early Learning Act

Please join me in support of the Early Learning Act (H.R. 3542), a bill to create nationwide access to free pre-k for four-year-old children. Establishing national pre-k will reduce the achievement gap, will improve the education all our kids receive and make our country more competitive.

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Join the 21st Century Skills Caucus

Employers continue to emphasize that the nature of work is changing and that many jobs, particularly jobs in manufacturing, require workers that can think creatively, communicate, problem solve, and collaborate effectively with their coworkers. While deep subject matter knowledge is a must, it is not enough for workers to be successful in the 21st century economy.

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Support the Bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act (v. 7)

Every dollar we invest in preschool today is estimated to save anywhere from $3 to $7 in the long run, and these savings are realized in a range of ways. Research consistently shows there are meaningful and measurable social and health outcomes for adults who attended high-quality preschool programing as infants and toddlers. Children who attend preschool are more likely to live healthier lifestyles as adults and are less likely to be incarcerated, participate in public assistance programs, or develop a range of costly chronic diseases.

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Support Women and Minorities in STEM: Become an Original Cosponsor of the STEM Booster Act

As the American economy continues to recover from the depths of the Great Recession, job gains have been faster in STEM fields, and these occupations enjoy higher wages than other professions. However, women and minorities are under-represented in these professions and their educational pipelines, and many young Americans from these groups lack the skills or training needed to enter these growing career fields.

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Cosponsor the Child Protection Improvements Act (v. 5)

The FBI’s fingerprint-based background checks are the gold standard for criminal background checks, yet for thousands of organizations all over the nation serving children, the elderly, and the disabled, these checks are often unavailable or too expensive to afford. We ask you to join us as cosponsors of the Child Protection Improvements Act which would allow youth-serving organizations and others to conduct fast, accurate, and affordable background checks on prospective volunteers and employees.

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Honoring January as National Mentoring Month

I write to ask for your co-sponsorship of a resolution honoring January as National Mentoring Month. Established in 2002, National Mentoring Month pays tribute to the men and women who enrich the lives of our young people and encourages more Americans to mentor young adults in their communities.

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Help Children with Autism and Other Disabilities

According to a March 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 American children are born with a form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. With this rapid increase in diagnosis of ASD, we must ensure that these children are safe and that law enforcement, first responders, schools and the general public are educated about the disability and its effects.

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