GEORGIA – State Representative Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park) will participate in the virtual screening of “No Small Matter,” as well as a panel discussion on early childhood development TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. To RSVP for the virtual film screening and panel discussion, please click here.
Participants will be able to watch a virtual screening of “No Small Matter,” which is a documentary film on early childhood development and how it impacts children, families and the wider community. Immediately following the virtual screening, there will be a panel discussion for Clayton County-based families to hear from local leaders, including Rep. Stovall, on how they are currently working to support young children and families. The panel will also discuss ways that parents can continue their own advocacy and care for young children during the COVID-19 crisis.
The virtual screening event will be hosted by the Little Ones Learning Center, Clayton County Public Schools Early Learning Department, Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) and Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS).
“This is an important documentary which elevates the conversation on early learning, the outstanding teachers, and the ways families can continue to advocate for equitable and quality care across Georgia,” said Rep. Stovall. “As an education policy advocate, I am glad to be on the panel.”
WHO: Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park)
WHAT: Virtual Screening of “No Small Matter,” Conversation on Early Childhood Development
WHEN: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
About this Event
Virtual Film Screening and Conversation:
“No Small Matter”
Families and caregivers of young children are invited to join Little Ones Learning Center, Clayton County Public Schools’ Office of Early Learning, GAEYC, and GEEARS for a free virtual screening and town hall on Tuesday, July 7th. We’ll be screening “No Small Matter,” a documentary film on early childhood development and how it impacts children, families, and the wider community.
Immediately following the film, we will host a panel discussion for Clayton County-based families to hear from local leaders on how they are currently working to support young children and families, and ways that parents can continue their own advocacy and care for young children – even through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
State Representative Valencia Stovall is a native of southeast Atlanta and mother of two who has a strong, diverse background in finance, entrepreneurship and public policy, and she currently resides in Forest Park. In 2012, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and has been a bipartisan leader for eight years, working with both liberals and conservatives to develop a $45 million grant for local governments, authored and passed legislation to protect special needs students, authored legislation to reform Georgia’s education funding formula and cosponsored more than a dozen bills to improve the lives of Georgians that have been signed into law.
Wande Okunoren-Meadows is the Executive Director of Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, GA which is three star Quality Rated and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children where she oversees the operations of a holistic early childhood education center that provides services to over 175 children. She directs the center’s development and implementation of quality initiatives, incorporating activities that stimulate children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. The center’s distinguished farm to ECE program has served as a national model.
Dr. Joye Bradley, Early Learning Coordinator of Clayton County Public Schools, leads Clayton County’s Pre-K recruitment efforts and supports both parents and teachers to ensure quality early learning and curriculum.
Dwanita Oglesby, Parent From Little Ones Learning Center, will provide the parent perspective as we discuss the joys and challenges of caring for and educating young children in the midst of a pandemic.