The Raising of America Trailer (11 min)

THE RAISING OF AMERICA: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation ( is a 5-part documentary series that explores how conditions faced by children and their families during infancy and the early years can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success—in school and in life.

Many families are struggling to provide the nurturing environment all young children need to thrive. How does the growing squeeze on parents—for time, for money and for resources—impact the future mental and physical wellbeing of their children? What are the consequences for the nation? And how might we do better?

Discussion guides, an Action Toolkit, video clips, interactives and more tools at

By the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?