If you’re interested in joining the conversation about early childhood education, read on.
Please join us for a statewide series of community discussions about the importance of the early years, featuring a sneak peek of the powerful new The Raising of America documentary.
Set to be released by PBS next spring, The Raising of America takes an in-depth look at how a strong start for all of our children leads to greater individual success and a more prosperous and equitable society. Let’s Grow Kids worked with 16 Vermont organizations and government agencies and California Newsreel production company to bring a special 30-minute sneak peek version of the documentary to Vermont. Click here for a preview.
Who should attend?
If you’re a parent, school board member, school administrator, educator, select board or city council member, business owner, clergy or lay leader, healthcare professional, city/town manager or mayor, legislator, sit on a planning commission or are interested in creating lasting change for Vermont’s children, this event is for you to attend!
Why you should attend:
- Kindergarten readiness: 40-50% of Vermont’s children enter kindergarten unprepared.
- Times have changed: 72% of children under the age of six have all of their parents in the workplace, which means they’re likely in care outside of the home up to 40 hours a week.
To jumpstart the conversations, we’re putting together panels of compelling thinkers who bring different perspectives and experiences to the table—business leaders, parents, educators, providers and pediatricians.
What to expect should attend:
- A 30-minute sneak peek of the new The Raising of America documentary.
- A 15-minute presentation on the brain science of early development by a local pediatrician.
- An hour-long community conversation with a local panel, including the perspectives of the panelists, Q&A, and what you can do to create positive, lasting chance for children.
- Addison: Middlebury College, Twilight Auditorium, October 30, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Bennington: Bennington Museum, October 20, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Caledonia: St. Johnsbury Academy, Stuart Black Box Theater, October 27, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Chittenden: Main Street Landing Film House, October 22, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Franklin: St. Albans Historical Society, October 21, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Lamoille: Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, October 30, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Rutland: College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Theater, October 29, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Washington: Pavilion Building Auditorium, October 28, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Windham: Latchis Theater, October 28, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Windsor: Wilder Center, October 23, 5:30-7:30 PM