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No Small Matter: Children's Brains and What They Need to Thrive

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Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)

800 Main Street

Richard T Anderson Education Center

Pewaukee, WI 53072

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High quality early education isn’t just powerful — it’s possible.

No Small Matter will redefine the public understanding of what's going on in children's brains from birth to five - and push their needs to the top of our social and political agenda.

On October 2, 2019, we host a screening of this compelling film. The event is open to the community at no charge and will be facilitated by Dr. John Meurer (Medical College of Wisconsin), Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (UW Health) and Dr. Heather Paradis (Children's Hospital of Wisconsin).

Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to your participation!


Want to learn more about how "No Small Matter" influences primary care during the first 1,000 days of life? Register here for our follow up Open Forum on October 3, 2019 at WCTC.



We know more than ever about children's brains and what they need to thrive.

Thanks to new brain scanning technology and rigorous inquiry, scientists understand more about children’s brains than ever before. With every new study, the incredible development happening in a child’s early years becomes more and more apparent. For example, we now know that the number of words a child hears before age three can vastly improve her school readiness. The first few years of life are a kind of “big bang” for learning — 100 billion neurons being connected by synapses at a rate of seven hundred per second. And when a child lacks an engaging, loving environment, “toxic” experiences actually have the power to rewire her brain, with consequences that can last a lifetime.

But our childcare and educational systems have not caught up to this new scicentific reality.

The lack of high quality, affordable childcare has, in recent years, emerged as a full-blown crisis for working and middle-class families. At the end of World War II, just 12% of American mothers with children under six worked outside the home; today, that number is closer to 70%. Parents are left to fend for themselves, too often caught between wanting what’s best for their children and needing to make ends meet.

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