No Small Matter Screening

No Small Matter is a new documentary showing across the country right now, working to raise awareness about the critical need for our country to strengthen investment in high quality early childhood education for all children – no matter what circumstances they come from.

The film came to Milwaukee on February 27, 2019 as part of a series events celebrating Next Door’s 50th Anniversary this year.

Next Door partnered with Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee Succeeds and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County to present a free screening of No Small Matter at Marquette University. More than 100 guests attended the event, including Mayor Tom Barrett. One of the film’s directors, Greg Jacobs, also attended and participated in Q&A with the audience following the screening.

No Small Matter – produced by the Kindling Group and Siskel/Jacobs Productions – is the first major theatrical documentary shedding light on the significant period of brain development during a child’s first five years and how ripe that period is to begin early learning and get children ready for school.

By sharing scientific research – combined with compelling stories from families and preschool teachers – the film hopes to change the perception of how early learning begins for a child, spark a public conversation about this topic and ultimately drive early childhood education to the top of the political agenda both locally and nationally.

No Small Matter presents high quality early childhood education with benefits not only for the child’s future but for the country, too, with fewer societal problems down the road. The film includes interviews with state law enforcement officials and retired military commanders pushing for stronger educational investment in a child’s early years.

The February screening in Milwaukee received local media attention from multiple outlets. See below for the coverage.

Click HERE for CBS58 story

Click HERE for FOX6 story

Click HERE for Journal Sentinel column