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Once Upon a Time – Raising of America Film Series, Episode 2
April 18 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
This episode asks: How did a country that says it cares about its youngest children and families end up with a system that neglects the needs of so many of them?
Once Upon a Time helps viewers understand why the United States never adopted early childhood initiatives such as universal childcare, programs which are taken for granted in most other rich nations. In 1971, Congress passed the Comprehensive Child Development Act (CCDA) with a bipartisan majority. The bill guaranteed to any parent who wanted it, high quality child care and early education from birth to age five, universal medical care, home visiting and other support services for families with young children. The episode reveals why the CCDA never became law, despite its popular support.
Shown in collaboration with the Tompkins County Coalition for Families.