Resources for Early Childhood Development

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Trailer - Wounded Places

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?"

Tags: trauma, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 4, Wounded Places

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Trailer - Once Upon a Time

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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Adversity in Your Environment

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

Tags: trauma, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 4, Wounded Places

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Was Perry Preschool Worth It?

The students attending this high-quality early ed program were followed for 50 years. What did we learn?

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Billions for Corporations...or Childcare?

Families are expected to do it alone. Yet other sectors of our society receive billions in state support.

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Utah Invests in Preschool

A Salt Lake City school district is closing the achievement gap and radically cutting special ed costs by investing early in high-quality preschool.

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Why is Escaping Poverty an Individual Problem?

Ashley, a single mom in Maine dependent on meager public assistance, worries about the health and well-being of her two young girls.

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Is This a Safe World?

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

Tags: neuroscience, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 1, Signature Hour

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Trauma Right Around the Corner

We know that people who’ve suffered trauma are often left not only with physical but also psychological injuries.

Tags: trauma
Additional Tags: Episode 4, Wounded Places

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The Stressors Can Be Relentless on the Brain

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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All You Heard Was Pow-Pow-Pow-Pow

Children don't need to be injured to be hurt. Chronic stress, adversity and trauma can hurt them just as much.

Tags: trauma, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 4, Wounded Places

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Violence is the Symptom of the Problem

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

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Do You Have Paid Maternity Leave?

Every major economy on the planet assures paid maternity or family leave – except the U.S.

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

It’s hard to try to make everything work. You feel pulled in all different directions.

Tags: working families, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 1, Signature Hour

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700 New Synapses Every Single Second

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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High-Quality Childcare is a Top Military Priority

The nation’s single largest employer provides government funded childcare. It’s high-quality and it’s affordable.

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International Data Sounds a Warning

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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Would Early Life Stress Stay in Their Bodies?

How might child developmental paths be affected by the stressors parents face when their kids are babies? In Wisconsin, researchers followed 500 children for two decades to find out.

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The Neighborhood Matters

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

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In Today's Day, We All Gotta Work

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?

Tags: working families, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 1, Signature Hour

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America Would Explode in Creativity

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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Government Funded Childcare During WWII

When women were suddenly propelled into the workforce during WWII, the government responded.

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Reversing the Epigenetic Effects

Humans are resilient organisms and studies show that negative epigenetic effects need not be permanent.

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Can Poverty Modify the Epigenome?

If social conditions can “get under the skin” and modify our biology, are less-affluent children being primed for more problems in life?

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Building a Nest in the Middle of a Desert

Rat mothers like to build nests for their pups with soft materials. But these moms have only been given hard, scratchy, inferior building supplies.

Tags: neuroscience, stress
Additional Tags: DNA Is Not Destiny, Episode 5

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Our Experiences Go Deeper Than We Thought

We’ve long known that early life can last a lifetime. Now new science shows how our experiences can become imprinted in our biology, altering gene expression.

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The Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connection is Crucial

Scientists detected changes in the brain architecture of 18 year-olds whose parents had reported being under chronic stress when those same adolescents were babies.

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The Squeeze on Parents

Parents and caregivers are left to fend for themselves in a society that’s unresponsive to family needs.

Tags: working families, stress
Additional Tags: Episode 1, Signature Hour

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Trailer - Are We Crazy About Our Kids?

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 - The Raising of America (11 min)

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 - The Raising of America (30 sec)

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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The Veto That Killed Childcare

Working behind the scenes, Pres. Nixon and his young White House speech writer, Patrick Buchanan, shocked Congress when they invoked ‘family values’ for the first time to undercut families.

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When Congress Passed Childcare for All

Then Senator (and former VP) Walter Mondale describes how a bi-partisan Congress assured high-quality childcare and other services from birth to age five for every family that wanted it back in 1971.

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China Invests Billions in Early Ed

Nations around the world are investing heavily in early care and ed - and don’t understand why the U.S. isn’t.

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