Contact: Seth Hibbert, seth@letsgrowkids.org | (802) 858-5459

“Small Talk” videography project to hold public launch

Tuesday, July 21 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Lund Early Ed. Program

Let’s Grow Kids will publicly introduce Small Talk—a new effort to capture Vermonters’ stories and opinions about early childhood—on Tuesday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lund’s Early Childhood Education Program at the Hoehl Family Building, 50 Joy Drive in South Burlington.

After a test run this past weekend at Circus-palooza at Shelburne Museum, Small Talk is hitting the road in a special van, traveling across the state to Vermont’s fairs and other events equipped with video cameras and editing equipment. Let’s Grow Kids staff will interview parents, child care professionals, policy leaders and others about their experiences, their views and their ideas regarding the quality, affordability and availability of child care in Vermont.

Many Vermonters already know that quality child care can often be hard to find and unaffordable. Recent legislation created a Blue Ribbon Commission to look into the issue.

See below for the detailed schedule of Tuesday’s events, which will occur while children and child care professionals are on site. (Opportunities for video and photos of the kids are available under the supervision of a Lund staff member to ensure confidentiality of children in the program. Be warned that nap time is 11:30 a.m. and a napping kid doesn’t care about deadlines; better to come before 11:30.)

A program of Let’s Grow Kids, Small Talk is a partnership with Building Bright Futures, Vermont Community Access Media and The Vermont Folklife Center.

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Let’s Grow Kids aims to raise understanding of the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont’s children. Funded by a collaboration of private foundations, Let’s Grow Kids is working with Vermont communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to create positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life. Since its founding in 2014, Let’s Grow Kids has gathered more than 5,000 signatures on a pledge to support giving every Vermont child a strong start.


“Small Talk” Public Launch
Tuesday, July 21 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lund Early Childhood Education Program
Hoehl Family Building, 50 Joy Drive, S. Burlington
Call Rick Blount, 802.233.0635

9:30            Van on site/Tent Set up/Interviews begin and run until 1:30

  • Let’s Grow Kids has prearranged for parents, child care professionals, and others to participate in video interviews with Let’s Grow Kids staff.
  • Interviews occur under Let’s Grow Kids tent
  • Let’s Grow Kids staff, interviewees, and child care professionals from LUND are available to talk with media until 1:30.

11:30          Nap time (Interviews continue, but b-roll opportunities not so good)

1:30            Interviews end

  • Let’s Grow Kids staff available by arrangement

Weather note: If the weather makes it seem like you wouldn’t want to be under a tent with a video camera, we also have a safe and dry way to make this happen—so call Rick Blount to check in: 802.233.0635.

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