The Raising of America Documentary Series
The Raising of America (60 mins.)
The studies are many, they are strong and they are persuasive: investing in the well-being of our youngest children—and the people who raise and care for them—pays off in a big way for children and for society. So why, despite the evidence, does our nation do so little for young children and their families? How might we do better?
Once Upon a Time (32 mins.)
Childcare in America is a patchwork – uneven in quality, unaffordable to most and failing many of our youngest children. How American life might be different today if all of the nation’s children had access to high-quality early care and education for the past four decades? We almost did.
Are we Crazy About Our Kids? (32 mins.)
Science shows that a child’s experiences during the early years are vital to building the foundation for future success – in school and in life. New economists are studying the costs and benefits of high-quality early care and preschool. And thy’re worried – not because we’re spending too much but because we’re investing to little where it matters most.
Wounded Places (42 mins.)
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) isn’t just about combat-scarred soldiers. Too many of our children, especially children of color in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, are showing the effects of unrelenting structural racism, street violence and domestic instability. And their symptoms look a lot like PTSD.
DNA is Not Destiny (36 mins.)
Discoveries in the existing new field of epigenetics suggest that fetal and early child environments literally become part of us. DNA Is Not Destiny considers the profound social and political implications of these discoveries. If social environments can change our epigenetic settings, and hence alter the way our genes work, then early environments can help or hinder child success and well-being in ways that go beyond the individual choices we make.
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