Investing in Early Childhood: How Civic Clubs of Georgia Support Our Youngest Learners

Join GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, the Sandra Dugan Deal Center for Early Language & Literacy, Georgia Department of Education’s Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA), and Get Georgia Reading for a virtual film screening and panel discussion of the groundbreaking documentary film on the importance of early education, No Small Matter.

Featured panelists include State Representative Katie Dempsey, Vice-Chair of Parent University Board and Founder of Savannah Early Education Foundation, Paul Fisher, Executive Director of Parent University, Michael O’Neal, and Chairman Emeritus & Co-founder of North Highland Consulting and Member & Former Director of Rotary Club of Buckhead, Dave Peterson. Join them for a discussion exploring how civic clubs of Georgia can play a role in supporting high-quality early learning, equitable policies, and the healthy development of our state’s youngest children. Issues regarding infants and toddlers have a surprisingly large impact on families and businesses in Georgia. Early childhood education impacts everything from improved literacy and graduation rates to parents’ ability to find child care and participate in the workforce, to a company’s ability to attract and keep high-quality talent in Georgia.

Georgia is full of examples of innovative efforts that make Georgia an attractive place to raise a family, find good employment, and grow the economy for everyone. Together, we’ll explore ways civic clubs across Georgia can engage with their communities to make Georgia an even better place to raise a family and run a business, and how communities might think about opportunities in their own regions.

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View the Film in Advance:

Registered attendees will receive a link to view the documentary film No Small Matter via e-mail, and will be able to view the film in the days leading up to the event. Registered attendees will later be provided with a link to the live panel discussion, scheduled for March 5th from 12 –1 pm.

About the Film:

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.

Click here to watch the official trailer.