Our future depends on our youngest citizens. On how many words they hear in their first months of life. On how often they are held. On the kinds of experiences they have.
Yet even with the growing support of early childhood education, millions of U.S. children are still not getting the care they need to succeed—or even to keep up. Working families are feeling the squeeze as the cost of quality child care continues to soar.
In some Alaska homes, child care costs exceed the cost of housing, food and transportation.
With the importance of quality early care and education widely accepted, what are the obstacles still in the way?
No Small Matter, a feature-length documentary film premiering in Anchorage on Oct. 9 at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, is bringing public attention to these vital questions.
The film’s powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education reveals how the U.S. is raising its youngest citizens. Learn about why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial and what everyone can do to change the perception of when learning begins.
No Small Matter is a part of thread’s Summit on the Economic Impact of Early Care and Learning in Alaska and will feature a Q&A after the film with producer Laura Fallsgraff and featured teacher Rachel Giannini.