Menlo Park City School District has long recognized the importance of high quality early childhood education for all families, and has worked to bring more options to its community with the opening of its preschool, the Early Learning Center, in the fall of 2019. While the ELC reserves spots for lower income families, more needs to be done to meet the need for affordable high quality preschool for all families.

To bring the conversation about early learning to our community’s attention, MPCSD is collaborating with Community Equity Collaborative, All Five, the Primary School and Good2Know Network to present a free showing of the documentary No Small Matter followed by a discussion panel with local leaders including San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Menlo Park Mayor Ceclia Taylor, and early learning educators.

The community is invited to attend on January 22, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park, CA. Free tickets are available online.

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