The Raising of America: Passaic County 2015

Dear community leaders and business owners,

Please join Destiny Early Childhood Consulting & Developmental Services, LLC. On July 14, 2015 at Seminary Baptist Church: 193 Haledon Avenue Paterson, 07522 for a special screening of the documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. This is a great opportunity for our community to come together and learn more about the importance of early childhood and what we can do as a community to support families and our early childhood programs in Passaic County (Paterson). This powerful hour-long documentary highlights the field of neuroscience in that it underscores how environmental factors have a lasting effect on children’s developing brains. It also emphasizes the importance of investing in young children and families today in order to have a stronger and more prosperous tomorrow.
This screening will be preceded by a free lunch, followed by a community conversation to discuss challenges children and families face in Passaic County (Paterson) and explore strategies for addressing current needs, expanding support and resources for children and families, and improving the quality of early childhood education and care.
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The documentary will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. followed by a community conversation led by a panel of local leaders.
Please RSVP by July 6, 2015: consult@destinyearlychildhood.org or call (973) 595-0900.

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Summary of event
The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
July 14, 2015

 The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation event was a great success. This powerful event provided the community with the opportunity to not only view this documentary, but to also share experiences and brainstorm strategies that can address these critical issues. Survey feedback indicated that:

  • The community plan to visit their representatives to discuss child care issues and concerns
  • They plan to encourage others to get involved
  • They are interested in meeting again to continue to address these critical issues

There is no doubt that there are vital issues that are plaguing early childhood education and that these critical issues need to be discussed. What is significant is the fact that discussions are not being held with the most critical stakeholders who are the early childhood program directors, educators, early childhood consultants (who serve local communities), and most important, parents who are part of these local communities. Discussions cannot be held without including these very important individuals. The State of New Jersey is pushing the Grow NJ Kids; however, the system has already failed the early childhood community because segregation is a significant part of this system.

 

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