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Documentary "No Small Matter" to be Presented at Growing Tree in New Glarus


August 22, 2019

The Growing Tree, Corrine’s Little Explorers, and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) invite you to attend our free public screening of No Small Matter on Thursday, September 12, 2019, starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at about 7:15 p.m. The screening will be at The Growing Tree, 11 13th Avenue in New Glarus. We will have free pizza and drinks available, along with free child care on-site.

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

Meet Some of the Experts

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria is a Pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together. An Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is Director of the MD–MPH program there as well as the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program. Clinically, he has practiced Primary Care Pediatrics, with special interest in underserved populations. He is the Founding Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria is heavily involved in both training and in the practice of child health advocacy — writing and speaking publicly locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences. He also has extensive involvement with the American Academy of Pediatrics at the state and national levels. Committed to understanding how basic science can translate into busy primary-care settings via population health concepts and policy initiatives, Dr. Navsaria aims to educate the next generation of those who work with children and families in realizing how their professional roles include being involved in larger concepts of social policy and how they may affect the cognitive and socioemotional development of children for their future benefit.

Kassity Senf is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the Operations Manager for The Center of Behavior Intervention. She has been working with children, adolescence and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities for approximately 12 years. Her focus in treatment has included early intervention, in-home support, clinic-based treatment and school consultation.


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