The Raising of America Signature Hour: Encore Airing: Thursday, April 7, 8:00pm

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.

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April 1, 7:30pm: Primetime39: April as Month of the Young Child; Why Focus on Early Childhood Education?

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Studio Guests:

  • Madeleine Baker, Early Childhood Alliance
  • David Nicole, United Way of Allen County
  • Judge Dan Heath, Allen County Superior Court

 

April 7, 9:00pm: ONCE UPON A TIME - When Childcare for All Wasn’t Just a Fairy Tale

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Imagine how things might be different if for the past four decades all children in the U.S. had access to high-quality early care and ed. It almost happened. Back in 1971, Congress passed a bill providing high-quality, universal childcare, home visiting and other services from birth to age five to every family that wanted it. Pres. Nixon’s 11th hour veto marked the first time ‘family values’ was invoked to undermine pro-family and child initiatives. The veto marked a critical inflection point from our path towards a more inclusive nation to today’s ‘you’re-on-your-own’ society.

Studio Guests:

  • Doug Wood, PNC Bank
  • John Sampson, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Mary Lee Freeze, VP of Early Childhood Services, Brightpoint

 

April 8, 7:30pm: Primetime39: Pursuing Quality Childcare in Indiana

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Studio Guests:

  • John Peirce, Consultant for Early Childhood Collaborations The Big Goal Collaborative of Northeast Indiana
  • Becky Carothers, Program Chair for Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Northeast

 

April 14, 9:00pm: ARE WE CRAZY ABOUT OUR KIDS?

Investing in high-quality early care and education pays for itself in many ways and many times over. This episode brings to life the classic economic studies of Perry Preschool and other initiatives conducted by Nobel laureate James Heckman, former Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick and others which illustrate how we can either invest early for success or pay more for failure later. So, what is holding us back?

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Studio Guests:

  • Get Nichols, Assistant Supt. for Elementary Education, FWCS
  • Kimberly Schroeder, Program Officer at Dekko Foundation
  • Allison Ballard, Music Together Program at Fort Wayne Dance Collective 

 

April 15, 7:30pm: Primetime39: The ROI of Early Childhood Education

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Studio Guests:

  • Sherry Crisp-Ridge, Preschool Director, DeKalb Central Early Learning Center
  • Pamela Beckford, Executive Director of United Way of Wells County
  • Sue Ehinger, Chief Experience Officer, Parkview Health

 

April 21, 9:00pm: WOUNDED PLACES–Confronting Childhood PTSD in America’s Shell-Shocked Cities

Too many of our children, especially children of color in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, experience adversity, violence, neglect and other forms of trauma and show symptoms similar to PTSD—except there is no ‘post.’ Traveling to Philadelphia and Oakland, this episode chronicles the stories of children shook by violence and adversity and asks not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” and how traumatized children and neighborhoods can heal.

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Studio Guests:

  • Rachel Tobin Smith, SCAN
  • Sergeant Mike Toles, Indiana State Police

April 22, 7:30pm: Primetime39: Confronting Childhood PTSD in Northeast Indiana

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Studio Guests:

  • Debbie Meyer, Erin’s House
  • Dr. Siquilla Liebetrau, Bowen Center, Warsaw
  • Detective Reggie Moore, Fort Wayne Police Department

 

April 28, 9:00pm: DNA IS NOT DESTINY – How the Outside Gets Under the Skin

New scientific discoveries reveal how fetal and early childhood environments—chemical, family, socioeconomic—literally become part of us. They alter not the genes babies inherit but the epigenetic “volume controls” which turn genes on and off. These epigenetic switches can influence the self-regulation of emotions and behaviors, cognitive function, even the susceptibility to chronic diseases as people age.

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Studio Guests:

  • Dr. Heather Wolfe, Medical Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Care Program at Lutheran Hospital
  • Dr. Patricia Bader,  Northeast Indiana Genetics

April 29, 7:30pm: Primetime39: DNA Is Not Destiny – A Closer Look

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Studio Guests:

  • Dr. Deb McMahan, Health Commissioner of Allen County
  • Dr. Nancy Swigonski, President of the American Pediatric Academy in Indiana

 

May 6, 7:30pm: Primetime39: Allen County Education Coalition

Studio Guests:

  • John Peirce, Consultant for Early Childhood Collaborations The Big Goal Collaborative of Northeast Indiana
  • David Nicole, United Way of Allen County
  • Madeleine Baker, Early Childhood Alliance
  • Ryan Twiss, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Please note: The in-studio guests listed for the above programs are subject to change.

All programs encore on Sundays April 3 through May 1, beginning at 1:00 pm on PBS39, channel 39.1.

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