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No Small Matter: A Film Screening and Discussion

A series of 21 film screenings and forums with early childhood providers and teachers will be held across Nebraska in January and February.

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The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, and the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children are hosting a series of 21 film screenings and forums with early childhood providers and teachers across the state in January and February 2019. Home-based, center-based, and school-based early childhood professionals serving children from birth through Grade 3 are invited to attend a screening of  the film No Small Matter, followed by a roundtable discussion.

No Small Matter is a documentary that is designed to kick-start a public conversation about the critical need for high-quality early care and education. According to the producers, “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.” View the movie trailer below.

Following the film’s screening, event organizers will facilitate a discussion to gain feedback from those in attendance. Key themes that will be explored include workforce compensation, professional preparation and qualifications, and the need for a sustained public commitment and funding to support high-quality early care and education in the state. Feedback on how participants see the needs of young children and their families and what is needed to meet those needs will be compiled and presented to the full Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission, which is charged with releasing recommendations and an action plan later in 2019.

The film screening and forum are being held in partnership with Nebraska Early Learning Connection Coordinators and the Learning Child Team at Nebraska Extension.

Confirmed dates and locations are listed below. Each event lasts 2 to 2½ hours. Please register at least five days before your selected event.

Jan

7

McCool Junction*

McCool Junction Public School

209 North 2nd Street

10 a.m.

Jan

16

York

Holthus Center

3130 Holen Avenue

6:30 p.m.

Jan

18

Broken Bow*

Custer Center

727 S. 6th Avenue

Canceled

Jan

21

Norfolk

Northeast Community College

801 E. Benjamin Avenue

6 p.m.

Jan

22

O'Neill

Northeast Community College

505 Highway 20

6 p.m.

Jan

23

Lincoln*

Southeast Community College

Registration Closed

6:30 p.m.

Jan

24

Kearney

ESU 10

76 Plaza Boulevard

6:30 p.m.

Jan

25

Hastings

Head Start

123 Marian Road

10 a.m.

Jan

29

South Sioux City

College Center

1001 College Way

6 p.m.

Jan

30

Auburn

Auburn State Theater

1221 J Street

4 p.m.

Feb

5

Omaha

Omaha Public Schools TAC Building

3215 Cuming Street

6:30 p.m.

Feb

5

Grand Island

Grand Island Public Schools

123 S. Webb Road

6:30 p.m.

Feb

6

Columbus

ESU 7

2657 44th Avenue

6:30 p.m.

Feb

10

Ogallala

ESU 16

314 W. 1st Street

3 p.m.

Feb

11

North Platte

West Central Research & Extension Center

402 W. State Farm Road

6:30 p.m.

Feb

12

McCook

McCook Community College

1205 E. 3rd Street

6:30 p.m.

Feb

12

La Vista

ESU 3

6949 S. 110th St.

6:30 p.m.

Feb

14

Scottsbluff

ESU 13

4215 Avenue I

6 p.m.

Feb

15

Chadron*

Chadron State College

1000 Main Street

6:30 p.m.

Feb

19

Fremont

UNL Extension Dodge County Office

1206 W. 23rd Avenue

6:30 p.m.

Feb

21

Beatrice

ESU 5

900 W. Court Street

6:30 p.m.

* The January 7 (McCool Junction) and February 15 (Chadron) events are being held as part of teacher in-service and are not open to the public. January 18 (Broken Bow) event was canceled due to the weather. Registration is closed for the January 23 (Lincoln) event.

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