Join Us for a FREE Virtual Screening of No Small Matter and Panel Discussion with Special Guest Rachel Giannini.
There are 24 million children under the age of six in America today. Do you know how many of them have to be taken care of all day, every day, by an adult? All of them.
Who provides that care—and how they do it—is the most neglected, underestimated, and potentially game-changing issue in America today. No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. 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.
The early learning workforce is among the most poorly paid in the country, making less on average than dog walkers and parking attendants. Ms. Giannini’s departure is a stark reminder that, first and foremost, investing in young children means investing in the people who teach and take care of them when their families can’t.
WATCH THE TRAILER
Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) is actively building a broad-based coalition of funders, collaborators, and advocates to create a critical mass of awareness and action to drive the expansion of equitable, high-quality early care and education, for everyone. Our society must understand, embrace, and act on these critically-important yet grossly-overlooked facts:
The first three years set the stage for learning, development, and health now and into the future;
- Young children learn through their relationships: strong, stable connections with caregivers are essential to development in early childhood;
- Children need access to safe, inclusive early childhood settings; and
- Optimal learning opportunities occur within children’s natural routine and environments.
At the same time, we must also create a better system that will empower and elevate early childhood teachers to serve children.
Join us! Illinois Action for Children is pleased to present this screening of No Small Matter in partnership with Harry S. Truman College. Since 1976, Truman College has been a vibrant and vital part of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, delivering high-quality, innovative, affordable and accessible educational opportunities and services.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion on ways to make early childhood education and early childhood teachers a priority.
|Rachel Giannini||Jennifer Asimow||Sandy DeLeon||Carrie Neptsad||Bryan Stokes II|
Participants with a valid Gateways Registry Number will receive Gateways credit for attending this forum however completion of an evaluation survey is required. Certificates will not be handed out, the credit will appear on your Professional Development Record (PDR). As such, attendees must register online in order to attend this free event.