Monday, March 16, 2015

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

Please join the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH) for Utah’s first official screening of:
The Raising of America: 
Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation
April 9 (from 6:30-9:00 pm)
Rowland School Beginning School
720 S. Guardsman Way, SLC

The Raising of America is a 5-part documentary that will be completed in its entirety in May, 2015. This film brings to light many of the challenges faced by America’s youngest children and their parents, examines root causes for these challenges, and offers possible solutions. Which solutions would work for Utah, the youngest state in the nation?

We invite all early childhood organizations and advocacy groups in Utah to join us as co-hosts.

We will be showing THE RAISING OF AMERICA SIGNATURE HOUR: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, followed by a panel discussion. Here is a description of this hour-long episode:

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why is child well-being in the U.S. so much worse than in other rich countries? How does what Paul Kershaw calls “the growing squeeze” on so many young families and caregivers—the squeeze for time, for money and for resources—“drip down” on their infants and young children, literally altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences for learning, earning and mental and physical health? How might we do better?

This hour-long episode interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive—while too often hindered by social conditions that put their children on low developmental trajectories. It doesn’t have to be this way. If the nation aspires to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable future, we must find a way to enable all our children the opportunity for a strong start now.

You can become an official partner of The Raising of America, via this website:

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