The Documentary Series

Five Episodes

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Trailer - The Raising of America (30 sec)

Trailer - The Raising of America (30 sec) (
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This is the 30-second trailer that you can embed on your website for The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, the 5-part documentary series that seeks to reframe the way Americans look at early childhood health and development.

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Trailer - The Raising of America (11 min)

Trailer - The Raising of America (11 min) (
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The Raising of America reframes the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series and multimedia initiative by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

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Trailer - Once Upon a Time

Trailer - Once Upon a Time (
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Once Upon a Time allows us to imagine how things might be different if all of America’s children had access to high-quality early care and education—in fact, we almost did.

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Trailer - Are We Crazy About Our Kids?

Trailer - Are We Crazy About Our Kids? (
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Economists rarely turn their attention to the world of early childhood and preschool. But with a wealth of scientific research pointing to the importance of a child’s earliest years, several economists are worried about our investments in early childhood.

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Trailer - Wounded Places

Trailer - Wounded Places (
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Wounded Places chronicles the stories of children shaken by violence and adversity and asks not “What's wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?"

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700 New Synapses Every Single Second

700 New Synapses Every Single Second (
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More than 80 billion brain cells. That’s how many a baby is born with. But it’s the connections between cells that matter.

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Adversity in Your Environment

Adversity in Your Environment (
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When the ACE survey included questions about racism, safety and violence, researchers discovered that 37% of Philadelphians reported four or more ACEs.

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All You Heard Was Pow-Pow-Pow-Pow

All You Heard Was Pow-Pow-Pow-Pow (
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Children don't need to be injured to be hurt. Chronic stress, adversity and trauma can hurt them just as much.

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America Would Explode in Creativity

America Would Explode in Creativity (
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If we worked out the problem of actually being inclusive and fair for all children in terms of their productivity as future workers and their productivity as future citizens and member of society, America would explode in terms of creativity, in terms of growth, in terms of ingenuity. If we play with a full deck, this country would explode.

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Billions for Corporations...or Childcare?

Billions for Corporations...or Childcare? (
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Families are expected to do it alone. Yet other sectors of our society receive billions in state support.

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Building a Nest in the Middle of a Desert

Building a Nest in the Middle of a Desert (
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Rat mothers like to build nests for their pups with soft materials. But these moms have only been given hard, scratchy, inferior building supplies.

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Can Poverty Modify the Epigenome?

Can Poverty Modify the Epigenome? (
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A Wisconsin study raises the question of whether epigenetic changes might occur throughout the population on the same sliding scale that connects wealth, power and status to well-being.

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Do You Have Paid Maternity Leave?

Do You Have Paid Maternity Leave? (
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Our policies actually actively discourage parents from being able to take care of their children when they’re very young. They may instinctively want to do it, but we don’t make it easy for them.

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Government Funded Childcare During WWII

Government Funded Childcare During WWII (
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World War II drastically, and suddenly, propelled American women into the workforce, many with young children in tow.

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High-Quality Childcare is a Top Military Priority

High-Quality Childcare is a Top Military Priority (
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One of America’s largest employers does receive federal funding to provide high quality, affordable childcare to its employees’ families.

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If I Could Give Them More, I Would

If I Could Give Them More, I Would (
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The capacity of the brain and the human spirit to continue and thrive and develop is beyond what any of us could predict.

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In Today's Day, We All Gotta Work

In Today's Day, We All Gotta Work (
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Is this what we’ve decided as society, that this degree of tension, these complex trade-offs are the norm, to be expected, just a part of raising a child?

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International Data Sounds a Warning

International Data Sounds a Warning (
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To imagine how the US will do tomorrow, we need only ask how its children are doing today. International data sounds a warning.

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Is This a Safe World?

Is This a Safe World? (
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Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett describes what a child thinks: Is this a safe world? What will happen when I feel afraid? What will happen when I feel hungry?

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It's the Pileup of Stress

It's the Pileup of Stress (
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When parents are poor and struggling, the stress and anxiety they experience can be even greater.

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Our Experiences Go Deeper Than We Thought

Our Experiences Go Deeper Than We Thought (
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We’ve long known that what happens to us in childhood can leave a lasting imprint on the adults we become. Now, a new science is telling us that our experiences go even deeper than we thought.

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Reversing the Epigenetic Effects

Reversing the Epigenetic Effects (
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Humans are resilient organisms and studies show that negative epigenetic effects need not be permanent.

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Security? I Don't Really Know What That Feels Like

Security? I Don't Really Know What That Feels Like (
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It’s hard to try to make everything work. You feel pulled in all different directions.

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The Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connection is Crucial

The Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connection is Crucial (
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New neuro-imaging technology enabled neuroscientists to see whether or not parental stress might impact the very architecture of adolescent children’s brains—especially the connection between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex.

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The Neighborhood Matters

The Neighborhood Matters (
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Nobody does this alone. Nobody does this in isolation. The environment that the family lives in matters.

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The Squeeze on Parents

The Squeeze on Parents (
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Parents and caregivers are scrambling to fulfill their responsibilities in a society that’s unresponsive to family needs.
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The Stressors Can Be Relentless on the Brain

The Stressors Can Be Relentless on the Brain (
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Many children in our society feel like a truck is coming at them all day long, for more days than not, and this really takes a toll.

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Trauma Right Around the Corner

Trauma Right Around the Corner (
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We know that people who’ve suffered trauma are often left not only with physical but also psychological injuries.

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Utah Invests in Preschool

Utah Invests in Preschool (
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In Utah the costs for special education were spiraling out of control. When Senator Osmond went looking for solutions, Granite District in Salt Lake City stood out.

 
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Violence is the Symptom of the Problem

Violence is the Symptom of the Problem (
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Healing the hurt of young people begins with asking not, “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?”

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Was Perry Preschool Worth It?

Was Perry Preschool Worth It? (
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The first study to catch the attention of Rolnick and other economists was from a high-quality early childhood experiment for low-income children in Ypsilanti, Michigan, called Perry Preschool.

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Why is Escaping Poverty an Individual Problem?

Why is Escaping Poverty an Individual Problem? (
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Ashley, a single mom of two girls, struggles to support her family. Public assistance only gets her through three weeks each month. In America, mothers like Ashley have to solve their problems on their own.

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Would Early Life Stress Stay in Their Bodies?

Would Early Life Stress Stay in Their Bodies? (
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Would early life parental stress continue to have an impact on the parents’ children as they grew up? To find out the Wisconsin team measured the presence of cortisol in the children’s saliva when they were four.

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