Parent Nation

The book

Instant New York Times Bestseller (as well as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller) and written by esteemed writer and pediatrician, Dr. Dana Suskind, Parent Nation offers a powerful blueprint for a society that helps all families meet the developmental needs of their children. Weaving together the latest science on the developing brain with stories of families from all walks of life, Dr. Suskind shows that the status quo— scores of parents left to shoulder the enormous responsibility of early childhood care and education on their own —is not only unsustainable, but deeply detrimental to children, families, and society.

our interview

We had the honor and privilege of interviewing Dana Suskind and getting her take, first-hand, on where the United States stands in relation to other countries in terms of providing support for young children and their families. The truth is quite shocking. Watch a clip from our interview.

build it 

A PARENT NATION is built by:

  • FOSTERING COMMUNITY
    PARENTS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO GO IT ALONE WHEN ENGAGED IN THE IMPORTANT WORK OF RAISING CHILDREN.
  • FORGING COLLECTIVE IDENTITY
    THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PARENTS IN THE U.S. ARE UNITED BY AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO DO RIGHT BY THEIR CHILDREN.
  • FIGHTING FOR CHANGE
    WHEN A GROUP OF PEOPLE SPEAKS WITH ONE VOICE, SOCIETY LISTENS. IT’S TIME FOR PARENTS AND ALLIES TO DEMAND MORE.

dr. suskind

Dana Suskind, MD, is Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Policy (affiliated) at the University of Chicago. Her research and clinical life is dedicated to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. Her work is focused in particular on helping parents leverage their power as brain architects.

Dr. Suskind is the author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow for the Council on Early Childhood. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics.