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

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The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 25
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Plymouth Church
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines IA


Join us for a screening of this powerful documentary that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

A panel of early childhood experts, advocates, and community leaders will engage participants to discuss current efforts and future needs to invest in kids and parents.


  • Dr. Amy Shriver, Blank Children’s Hospital
  • Susan Guest, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Leslie Stonehocker, Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, Iowa House of Representatives
  • Representative Kevin Koester, Iowa House of Representatives

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About The Raising of America  Signature Hour  60 minutes

“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 do the growing stressors on many young families and caregivers—the squeeze for time, money and resources—‘drip down’ on their infants and young children, literally altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential lifelong consequences for their socio-emotional and intellectual development 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 doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive. But too often individual efforts are hindered by social conditions that affect children’s developmental trajectories. If we aspire to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable nation, we must invest in all our infants now. They won’t fail us, but we can’t fail them.”