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Chatham Community Library To Host Screening of Documentary "No Small Matter"

Post Date:11/15/2019 12:37 PM

Chatham Community Library will host a screening of the documentary, No Small Matter, on Wednesday,  December 4, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.

Using new brain scanning technology and rigorous inquiry, scientists understand more about children’s brains than ever before. With every new study, the incredible development happening in a child’s early years becomes more and more apparent. For example, the number of words a child hears before age three can vastly improve school readiness. The first few years of life are a kind of “big bang” for learning — 100 billion neurons being connected by synapses at a rate of seven hundred per second. And when a child lacks an engaging, loving environment, “toxic” experiences actually have the power to rewire the brain, with consequences that can last a lifetime.sing

The lack of high quality, affordable childcare has, in recent years, emerged as a full-blown crisis for working and middle-class families. At the end of World War II, just 12% of American mothers with children under six worked outside the home; today, that number is closer to 70%. Parents are left to fend for themselves, too often caught between wanting what’s best for their children and needing to make ends meet.

Eleven million American children need childcare each week — and yet somehow, the U.S. lacks a comprehensive early care and education system. Who exactly is taking care of America's kids? While the vast majority of the childcare workforce is female, it is diverse in many other ways — from demographics to education level to the kind of "program" they offer, whether a preschool, a family childcare provider, or even relatives and friends.

No Small Matter is a feature length documentary film about early childhood education in America, coming out in 2017, co-produced by Chicago filmmakers Siskel/Jacobs Productions and Kindling Group.

This event is free and open to the public.

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