Thursday, October 22, 2015

"The Raising of America" Documentary Series

By now, you have probably bought into the belief that early literacy matters and public libraries make a difference. A new documentary series connects these ideas in a broader picture of the early childhood experience in America.  

Take 11 minutes to view the powerful trailer for "The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation."

The text below comes from the project website: 

The Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

The Documentary Series

The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children? The Signature Hour covers all three of these issues. The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look.

The Raising of America is available on DVD and video streaming from California Newsreel at The opening signature hour will be broadcast by public television stations beginning November 2015 (check local listings).

The Raising of America was produced by the San Francisco-based film production and distribution center, California Newsreel, in partnership with Vital Pictures of Boston.