"No Small Matter" Dec. 10th, KVCC

"No Small Matter" Dec. 10th, KVCC


Monday, December 10, 2018 (snow date is Tuesday, December 11th)


Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond campus

Lecture Hall of the Sustainable Ag Building

Free and Open to the Public

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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. Visit www.nosmallmatter.com to watch the trailer and learn more!

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"A must-see film for educators, parents, leaders, and community members invested in creating a bright future for Maine."  

-- Sue Reed, Early Childhood Specialist, Maine Department of Education

Join Kennebec Valley Community College, Educare Central Maine, and MaineAEYC on Tuesday evening November 27th to see No Small Matter. We are excited to be able to offer this screening before it is officially released to the public in 2019.

No Small Matter is built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences. We meet parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools in both the film and the No Small Matter campaign: Change is necessary, critical, and attainable if we put our minds to it.

The film is also firmly grounded in science, opening up the “black box” of what’s happening inside children’s brains with exciting, stimulating animation and the voices of compelling scientists, physicians, and ECE experts. Using findings from message framing reports (Frameworks Institute), behavioral economists such as James Heckman, and the latest research in brain imaging and child development, we break down complicated scientific details into layman’s terms, demystifying prevailing ideas that hinder our thinking about children’s behavior, and paving the way for us all to see what children need more clearly. When it comes to understanding the incredible dynamism of how a child’s mind develops, seeing is believing — from firing neurons to still face experiments — and these illustrations drive home the critical nature of these early years.

Most important of all, the facts and figures in the film must stick with the viewer and drive them to act. From celebrity parent cameos to the “marshmallow test” with Cookie Monster to hilarious moments with the children we meet along the way — all will help No Small Matter move the viewer in ways that a fact sheet simply cannot.

This film screening event is sponsored by Educare Central Maine, Kennebec Valley Community College, Thomas College, Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, and MaineAEYC.

The Maine premiere of “No Small Matter” was brought to our state by the Right From the Start Coalition; a collaboration between MaineAEYC, Maine Children’s Alliance, Council for a Strong America, Maine Community Action Association, Maine Head Start Directors Association, and the ME Early Childhood Funders Group.