WAUSAU – Over the last eight years, Marathon County has lost 55 percent of its regulated child care programs, according to the United Way of Marathon County. This has already had a dramatic effect on the ability to attract and retain talented employees. No Small Matter Poster

On Oct. 23, the public is invited to a free screening of “No Small Matter,” a film that explores the most overlooked, underestimated and powerful force for good in America today – early childhood education, according to the United Way of Marathon County. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Westwood Conference Center, 1800 Westwood Center Blvd. in Wausau.

“No Small Matter” is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to this vital issue by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins.

Following the film, Rachel Giannini and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will share their knowledge and experience in the field. Giannini is an early childhood educator and advocate who is featured in the film. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Child Care Exchange and Chicago Parent. Navsaria is a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. He is also is engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain.

A trailer of “No Small Matter” is available here.

Those interested can register here: secure.unitedwaymc.org/BabyBusiness3