Chattanooga Mother heads to DC to speak at Strolling Thunder event


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Veronique Davenport leaves Chattanooga and heads to DC this weekend to speak at an event called Strolling Thunder.

Veronique Davenport says, “Just to tell my story, I am a young parent and why it’s important to me that my daughter gets the right education now. My mom instilled in me ‘I read to you from the time you were in the womb up until you got of age and you were reading all your own.'”

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She’s a mother on a mission. This event is a part of Councilmen Chuck Fleischmann’s role as co-chair of the Baby Caucus that advocates for children from birth to 3 years old.

He will speak alongside her to push the importance of funding for education for all.

Fleischmann says they work to make quality education available and “to reach everyone, in the inner cities, rural America, I want to make sure that every child has a shot at the American dream.”

Families will share their stories with their members of Congress.

Davenport says before she was selected for this event… she didn’t realize the power in her experience. She studied childhood development and now focuses on the development of her own child.

“When I go, I’m going to talk about why that is important to me.  That’s important to me because it’s not just this age, it’s how she’ll view school for the rest of her life,”says Davenport.

The group will urge Congress to create a national paid family leave program that would allow all parents time to bond with their babies, increase access to quality, affordable child care and increase the investment in Early Head Start.

Congressman Fleischmann says, “Head start is obviously very important to a lot of young people.  Not everyone in America has been fortunate enough to have access to good, early education. Head start really helps with that.”

Davenport says her mother instilled in her these same values in education.

She’s glad her voice as a young mother, with those same values, is being heard.