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Month of the Young Child celebrates kids and caregivers

ADDISON COUNTY — Every April, Addison County early childhood programs and professionals join the national Month of the Young Child to bring visibility and awareness to the young children in our communities, along with their families, teachers and caregivers. This year the Addison County Directors Network presents art exhibits in many of our local libraries. These exhibits feature the artwork of the youngest members of our communities.
You can find pieces at: Ilsley Library, Middlebury; Bixby Library, Vergennes; Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol; and Lincoln and Starksboro libraries. Participating programs include: The Ark Preschool, Otter Creek Child Center, East Middlebury Nursery School, Lincoln Cooperative Preschool, Quarry Hill School, Parent Child Center, Evergreen Preschool, Wren’s Nest Forest Preschool, Starksboro Cooperative Preschool, College Street Children’s Center, Bristol Family Center, Mary Johnson Children’s Center, Mary Hogan Preschool, Sunshine Children’s Center, and Headstart-ACELC.
In addition, the movie “No Small Matter” will screen at the Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. in Middlebury on Monday, April 29. This new documentary explores the challenges we face as families, communities, and professionals in delivering high quality childcare to our nation’s young children. “No Small Matter” is the first full-length feature documentary that explores the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for leveling the playing field for children today — affordable access to high-quality child care.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments served in the cafe. The 45-minute screening will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a facilitated Q&A. Members of the panel include noted pediatrician and child development expert, Dr. Jody Brakeley, Otter Creek Child Center Director, Linda January and a parent from the Let’s Grow Kids Action Team.
Space is limited. RSVP at tinyurl.com/NSM-Marquis. For more information email  stephanie@letsgrowkids.org.
The screening of “No Small Matter” is supported by the Starting Points Networks, Building Bright Futures and Let’s Grow Kids. Thanks also to the Marquis Theater for including this film in their community supported screenings. Food provided by the Marquis kitchen.

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