Starting At Zero: Reimagining Education in America

Roundtable Conversation w/ U.S Governors discussing the importance of early childhood education:

It would be hard to argue the statement that children are our future. Taking care of children should always take top priority because without them there will be no one to continue forward. It is simplistic ideas like these that baffle my mind as to why we would cut educational or after school program funding. It is the time, energy and money put into children now that will better us for the future. In the documentary Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America directed by Willa Kammerer the topic of early education in children is brought to the limelight.

The film focuses on the enrollment of children in Pre-K and the lingering effects it could have when not implemented. Children’s brains are shown to be learning the moment they are born; constantly in a state of gathering and processing information. It has been proven that those not entered into early educational programs have poorer reading skills which in turn can result in a child getting lost in the shuffle. A poor education only leads to drop outs and individuals being unable to sustain a good quality of life. Whereas those involved in these programs adapt faster and grow better social skills.

The main area of focus is in the state of Alabama who have adopted a statewide cost effective early educational program for children. It is the only state in the country that implements this high quality rated early educational program that is run like no other. The main idea behind this program which has only been strengthened through 3 different Governors is to provide children with the resources they will need to succeed and in turn it will be returned to their communities. This program is broken down to not only take care of the children but their parents and teachers as well. Through enabling coaches, healthy food programs, medical care and a joy for learning these children are all being led onto a bright path. Those who participated in the program and have gone on to college only wish to bring their knowledge back to Alabama and be able to pass it forward. With results like these it is hard to argue why programs like this are not being run throughout the country… what better use of government funds than to better the lives of our future.


3 out of 5

Film will be released digitally Friday August 14th 

All screening info & much more can be found HERE

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