The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation Screened on 7 April

On Tuesday 7 April 9:20 to 10:45 AM in the Lower Level of the Campus Center

and at 6:00 to 9:00 PM in Fox 120

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee and Child Studies Department will be sponsoring the FREE screening of a new feature documentary film titled The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. raising This important new series, and the accompanying National Public Engagement Campaign and Companion Website explore how experiences–starting in the womb–impact the cognitive and social development of children.

Through the stories of families from different walks of life, we discover how the lack of paid parental leave and high-quality affordable childcare, stagnant wages and overcrowded housing, depression and social exclusion, and perhaps most of all the time crunch, too often undermine the efforts of parents and caregivers struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive.

Science shows that a child’s experiences during the earliest years are vital to building the foundation for lifelong individual success—in school and in life. Now economists are studying the costs and benefits of high-quality early care and preschool. And they’re worried—not because we’re spending too much but because we’re spending too little where it matters most.

This film affirms that the “early years are a time when public policy interventions and grassroots efforts can have the greatest benefits and many experts link investments in maternal health and early child development as critical to building a healthier, safer, happier, more equitable and more prosperous nation.” Raising

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Many students, especially, enjoyed this important event. (Photo by Katherine Moore-Wines)

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(Photo by Katherine Moore-Wines)

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