By C. Molly Smith
March 16, 2017 at 06:37 PM EDT
Bert & Ernie, 'Sesamstra?e' ARD, Sesamstrasse,, (Photo by Pet
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Following President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the national arts, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sesame Workshop is speaking out about federal funding for public broadcasting.

The nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street released a statement on Twitter on Thursday addressing the importance of preschool education as well as their support of the continued investment in CPB and PBS.

Sesame Street was created to provide early access to education for all children,” the statement reads. “Research shows that high-quality preschool educational experiences are a key determinant in an individual’s lifelong learning outcomes.”

“PBS makes Sesame Street available to all Americans, and thereby continues to play a major role in helping less privileged kids gain access to preschool education that has proven an enduring value. While Sesame Workshop currently receives no direct funding from CPB or PBS, we stand firmly and passionately in support of the vital public investment that allows them to continue this important work.”

Stars also spoke out against the proposed cuts, including Billy Eichner who also touched on Sesame Street, writing “.@IvankaTrump Hello dear – at what point will u be telling ur children that your father killed Snuffleupagus?” Mr. Snuffleupagus is a character on the children’s program (you can watch his “Snuffle Shuffle” here.)

Julie Andrews, Chris Evans, and Jussie Smollett have also spoken out about Trump and his policies.

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