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To a Tea! Jennifer Garner Delights During Capitol Hill Visit

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Cheers to Jennifer Garner's big heart!

With two young daughters at home, the 41-year-old knows a little something about tea parties, so she looked quite at home hosting an impromptu one in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The "Dallas Buyers Club" actress and Save the Children Artist Ambassador was appearing on Capitol Hill to drum up support for the Strong Start for America's Children Act, a bill which would expand and improve early learning opportunities for children. And despite being glammed up in a black and gray dress and heels, the star made herself at home, dropping to the floor to play with young attendees in the visitor center.

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Garner — who has daughters Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and a son, Samuel, 1, with husband Ben Affleck — showed off her maternal instincts as she adorably clinked tea cups with a group of pre-schoolers. She genuinely seemed to be having fun, flashing that trademark smile we all know so well. Her little playmates grinned as well as they interacted with her. She later donned a tiger mask to amuse the little ones and cooed over a new mom's young baby.

After playtime, Garner got down to business, appearing — and briefly speaking — at a briefing on the bill, which hopes to expand access to early education programs.

"As moms, we all want our children to do the very best they can, in school and in life," she told the group, which also included parents, educators, members of law enforcement and the military. "But early education opportunities are out of reach for so many families in this country. As a result, children enter school already behind and at risk of never catching up. All children deserve the chance to succeed, but right now millions don't get one. With this legislation, we have a historic opportunity to give the nearly one in four children living in poverty a chance at a brighter future."

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Garner, a West Virginia native, also appeared on CNN's "New Day" to talk about the bill, noting, "The playing field for kids in America is not equal. Without ... getting an earlier start on their education, they have very little chance of catching up."

While Garner often fields questions about her husband's political ambitions (he's the founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, an organization committed to peaceful solutions in the war-torn African nation), she has become more of an activist herself in recent years, specifically pertaining to maternal issues. She's made numerous appearances on Capitol Hill since 2010 — at least one a year — on behalf of Save the Children. Another one of her causes in her adopted home state of California was helping Halle Berry push a bill to impose tougher penalties on paparazzi who harass celebrities and their children. The bill was passed in September.

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