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The U.S. is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world. So, why has our child well-being fallen to 26th?

THE RAISING OF AMERICA: EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION is a five-part documentary series that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.

The science is clear: the environments and relationships infants and toddlers experience literally shape their developing brain architecture and is the foundation for future success in school and in life. But, too often, middle and low-income parents are hindered by social and economic forces beyond their control: lack of paid family leave and affordable quality childcare, stagnant wages and job insecurity, racial stigma and social exclusion. And when parents are stressed, their children pay the price.

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As a working mother of a young child myself, I grew increasingly concerned watching this series and seeing how some families are forced to bring up their children in ways that aren't ideal as they struggle to make ends meet. I do have concerns about what impact these decisions and the ...Read more