Free Screening of "No Small Matter" September 12, 2019, at The Growing Tree
September 12, 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., at The Growing Tree, 11 13th Avenue in New Glarus, followed by a panel discussion at about 7:15 p.m. 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 Your Presenters and Hosts
Corrine Hendrickson is an Early Childhood Educator and owner of Corrine’s Little Explorers family childcare since 2007, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association board member since 2016 and the Secretary of the Green County Child Care Network since 2014. She also provides mentoring, coaching, and training to early childhood educators via Corrine’s Cornerstone Consulting. She is passionate in her belief that every single child deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Not only are these earliest years the most impactful on the rest of their lives but are too often overlooked. That we must include high quality developmentally appropriate PLAY based environments for children Birth-8 that are child led and teacher supported in any conversation about early childhood investment. That a teacher’s job is to create an environment that understands, supports, and meets the child where they are at to help them develop their executive functions. These functions control creativity, persistence, curiosity, self-control, attention span, planning and situational awareness and lay the cornerstones for the ability to learn and interact with others in a positive way. We, as a society, focus too much on academic skills without providing the basics required for academic learning and positive social interaction.
Brooke Skidmore is the Director of The Growing Tree childcare and education program in New Glarus. As a longtime resident of New Glarus, she is fully vested in our community and understands the importance and responsibility that we all have to ensure our children’s wellness and success. There is seemingly a misunderstanding as to when an education begins for a child, as it does not start at 4 or 5 years of age, it begins at birth. The first 5 years of life is when the brain grows the most rapidly, and the experiences a child encounters during these years are critical in determining the future of that child. Regardless if you are a parent or not, as a member of our community, you are a stakeholder for the children. This film demonstrates the role that we all play in the development of children. When children in our community fail, this is not only an economical set-back, regarding less wage earnings and tax contributions, but our failure to help children thrive is an ethical setback as well.