Official recovery information for Sonoma County fires: »
  • Mark your Calendar 740

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Published:  April 4, 2017

“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 Russian River Area has one of the lowest rates of 3-4 year old children enrolled in public or private school in Sonoma county. 

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.


  • 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. Snack bar 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


Some content on this page is saved in alternate format. To view these files, download the following software.

Windows Media Player   Windows Media® Player for Windows, Flip4MAC for MAC OSX
Compressed ZIP Archive   WinZip® for downloading compressed files
Return to top of page
Return to top of page