The Raising of America

American flag with silhouette of a child raising a hand

The Raising of America

Film Viewing and Discussion

If we want our children to do better in school and in life, we can't wait until they enter kindergarten. How can we make a strong start the birthright of every infant in the U.S.? Why do some children thrive while others do not? 

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a 5-part film series about the way Americans look at Early Childhood health and development. People across the country are using it to start talking about how relationships and communities impact young children, and how that changes them in their adult years. Investing in Early Childhood can transform our communities,and our country, on many levels.

The educational video series was created with partners across the country at the national, state and local level committed to using the series to begin talking about what we can—and should—do to invest in Early Childhood and transform our communities, for our children and our nation.

We invite you to a FREE viewing of some of the Raising of America content and a discussion of issues and ideas.

When? March 20, 2017; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where? Little Theater, Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street in Northampton

Childcare will be available at the event if needed.

Following will be a panel discussion from some leading voices in the region, including:

  • Dr. Randy Albelda, Graduate Program DIrector and Professor of Economics, UMass Boston
  • Kate Glynn, owner of A Child's Garden and board member of the United Way of Hampshire County
  • Clare Higgins, Moderator, Executive Director, Community Action
  • Dr. John Provost, Superintendent of Northampton Public Schools

For more information or questions about the event, please contact Barbara Black at

To learn more about the video

This presentation is hosted by the following partners:

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 Community Action logo
United Way of Hampshire County logo
MA Department of Early Education and Care logo     Brain Building logoFunded in part by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grants from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, administered by Northampton Public Schools and the Collaborative for Educational Services 


For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568