Film Discussion: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
November 9, 2018

Why are so many children in the richest country managing life so poorly? A child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long cognitive and emotional development, even mental and physical health. Although neuroscience highlights the importance of the early stages in childhood, too often families and communities are challenged by lack of time, money and resources to nurture good habits. Poor childcare, racial stigma and trauma of racial exclusion can all impact the brain architecture of young children, resulting in more emotional, behavior, learning and substance abuse issues later in life. The impact of these challenges affects not only the children but also our society. If we want our children to do better in school and in life, we can’t wait until they enter kindergarten. Tune in to the Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation documentary and participate in an open discussion about the film with peers and subject-matter experts.

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