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Free Public Screening of "No Small Matter"

 

November 7, 2019



New Glarus Public Library, Corrine’s Little Explorers and The Growing Tree are sponsoring a free public screening of the documentary No Small Matter on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., at the Library. Free childcare and snacks provided, discussion to follow.

Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the documentary presents in highly accessible terms the overwhelming scientific evidence that providing all children with quality early childhood education is one of the most important investments we can make for the future of our country.

“This film isn’t about making us feel guilty as parents; it isn’t an attack on our childcare options or our schools. It’s about raising awareness because we’re all stakeholders,” says Library Director Holly Lague. “The library is proud to help facilitate a local conversation about this national issue.”

New Glarus child care providers have coordinated a highly successful public awareness campaign surrounding the documentary. Corrine Hendrickson, of Corrine’s Little Explorers, and Brooke Skidmore, of The Growing Tree, recently presented the film at the State Capitol with support from Senator Jon Erpenbach.

“At the Capitol, during the discussion portion, we emphasized that increasing wages of early childhood educators from below poverty level to at least the same wage as those with similar educational attainment is imperative to stop the 36% turnover rate. Furthermore, it would increase the quality of candidates willing to work in this field,” stated Corrine Hendrickson. “Additionally, parents cannot shoulder the burden alone.”

Members from State Senator Erpenbach’s and Senator Tammy Baldwin’s offices have attended other screenings. Hendrickson facilitated a screening at the Monroe Public Library, sponsored by the Green County Child Care Network, and attended by Senator Johnson’s office. She is facilitating multiple screenings throughout the state as well, has presented at the Wisconsin Family Child Care Association conference and will be at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association’s conference in November. To date, the film has been shown twice in New Glarus, sponsored by the PTO and the Growing Tree, and people are still asking to see it.

“The information provided in the documentary is imperative for those in policy making positions from local village, township, and school boards, state elected officials, and Federal Representatives,” says Skidmore. “No Small Matter provides the perspective of the ‘bigger picture’ in understanding the impact the first five years of life have towards the rest of a person’s life. It clarifies a community’s role as stakeholders for our children. If anyone is concerned regarding the amounts of money we spend on our penal and welfare system, this is the documentary to watch, as it provides a clear and economical solution.”

For more information about the screening event, visit http://www.newglaruspubliclibrary.org/no-small-matter-documentary. If you need accommodation to attend this event, please contact the library in advance at (608) 527-2003.

 
 

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