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Are We Crazy About Our kids? Documentary Film and Panel Discussion

“Every dollar we put into high-quality early childhood education we get $7 back in reduced teen pregnancy, improved graduation rates, improved performance in school, reduced incarceration rates. The society as a whole does better.” President, Barack Obama

Studies show that early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make, yet the West Sonoma County and Russian River Area has the 2nd highest rate of 3-4 year old children not enrolled in public or private school in Sonoma county and the highest rate in the county for 3-4 year old females not enrolled in school. 

The Russian River Cradle to Career Collaborative is planning an "Are We Crazy About Our Kids"  film screening and panel discussion during the Week of the Young Child on Thursday, April 27th at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio. This documentary brings to life critical studies by renowned economists and Nobel laureates to showcase why investing in early childhood education is so vital. The panel of local early childhood education stakeholders and experts will discuss local challenges and opportunities to support the development of the next generation of leaders, workers and community members.

We invite you to come to learn about this key issue and how you can be a part of the effort to ensure that every child in the lower Russian River Area has access to high quality early childhood education to prepare them for success. Please mark your calendars and RSVP at this link Please also share with anyone who might me interested.

Event Details:

  • 6:30-7:00 Reception/Networking

  • 7-7:30 Film

  • 7:30-8:15 Panel Discussion

  • 8:30 Close of Event

Free popcorn and water. Snackbar open for service.


About the Russian River Cradle to Career Collaborative: The collaborative developed and has been implementing the Russian River School Readiness Vision Action Plan to o ensure that every child in the lower Russian River Area has access to high quality early childhood education to prepare them for success. Results to date include: 

  • Recent reopening of Fort Ross and Montgomery (in Cazadero) Preschools, after being closed for recent years. 
  • Secured funding and distributed United Way School Readiness Backpacks to 90 low-income 3-5 year olds in the Russian River area. 
  • Outreach to increase referrals and enrollment in important early childhood education programs.

The Russian River Cradle to Career Collaborative includes representation from Forestville, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Fort Ross and Montgomery Schools as well as River to Coast Childrens Services, child care providers, West County Health Centers, Stars Preschools, Russian RIver Area Resources and Advocates, First 5 Sonoma County, Cradle to Career Sonoma County, St Josephs Health, West County Community Services, Stewards Of The Coast And Redwoods, United Way of the Wine Country, Sonoma County Office of Education, Burbank Housing

Earlier Event: April 15
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