Olympian Sasha Cohen Urges Action on Early Care and Education
Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen urged Congress to pass the early care and education provisions included in the Build Back Better Act
In a new video released earlier this week, Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen urged Congress to pass the early care and education provisions included in the Build Back Better Act. Cohen, who won a silver medal for Team USA at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, and is a new mom, discusses the urgency of addressing access and affordability gaps that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
“In order to set our kids up for success, it is imperative that the early childhood care and provisions included in this bill cross the finish line,” said Cohen. “That’s why I urge Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act. This opportunity is too important for the future of our country.”
Cohen has long been a vocal advocate for early child experiences and maternal health. In 2017, she participated in a Council for a Strong America Capitol Hill briefing and met with Congressional leaders in support of the voluntary Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which provides at-risk parents and children with a coach from pregnancy through the first few years of a child’s life. She also penned an op/ed in support of the program in The Hill, wrote to Congress in support of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and reflected on her experience as an advocate for early child development for the program at the 2018 ReadyNation Global Business Summit.
You can view the video below: