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Senator Clinton, Republicans "Play Nice" For Kids

March 2, 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton and her Republican colleagues may not always play well together, but they're teaming up to support family playtime for young kids. The New York senator is co-sponsoring the Republican-led Education Begins at Home Act, which would provide $500 million in federal funding to help at-risk parents learn how to spend better quality time with their kids. Corine Pitts, a program manager at Andrus Community Services, believes quality playtime for young kids can have big benefits down the road.

"It doesn't matter how much money you make -- every family should have the opportunity because it's a huge plus."

The bill would fund home visits from educators trained in child development to show parents what kind of play helps their child the most. Pitts says it's designed to be fun and sensitive to the family's cultural background.

"And through the play and attachment, it's fostering healthy growth and development of the children."

Jane Callahan, a public policy director at Parents as Teachers National Center says the federal funding will help start programs like this all through New York.

"We're delighted with $500 million as a starting place. It'll make a big difference in what states can do to expand and establish more home visitation."

In New York, the program is known as "Healthy Families" and has so far received over a million dollars in federal and private funding.

Charles Lane/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY